TRENTON, NJ - Defendants seeking to resolve charges related to certain traffic offenses in courts across New Jersey may soon have the chance to negotiate with municipal prosecutors through email or standard mail, thanks to a piece of legislation being spearheaded partially by Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-Passaic/Bergen.).

Under the bill which recently passed the full General Assembly by a vote of 74-0-1, municipal prosecutors would be able to communicate with defendants and their attorneys via email or standard mail to discuss or negotiate pleas or relay a prosecutor’s final determination on their recommendation to the court.

“Though this move was originally put forth to keep all parties safe amid COVID-19, it’s also modernized the way we approach judicial proceedings,” Mukherji said in a joint statement with two of the bills other cosponsors. “Not only will this help protect the health and safety of all involved during the pandemic, but it will improve efficiency and accessibility through our recovery and beyond.”

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