BILL WOULD PUT PUBLIC DEFENDER WITHIN JUDICIAL BRANCH

The N.J. Law Journal reports:

With Public Defender Yvonne Smith Segars accusing Gov. Chris Christie of meddling in her affairs, two state senators are proposing a constitutional amendment that would wrest the Office of the Public Defender from the executive branch and put it in the judiciary. Introduced Thursday, SCR-148 also would have the public defender appointed by a seven-member Public Defender Services Commission, comprising the chief justice, the attorney general, the president of the State Bar Association and four members appointed by the Assembly speaker and Senate president. No longer would the public defender be a gubernatorial appointment subject to Senate confirmation, under the bill sponsored by Sen. Barbara Buono, D-Middlesex, and Sen. Nicholas Scutari, D-Union.

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About Lawrence "Larry" Berezin

I retired from the private practice of law after a 35-year legal career and fight parking tickets for people like you and me. I love sharing valuable information and beating NYC parking tickets for the driving community

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