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Widener Commonwealth Law School

Friday, January 10, 2020

NJ: Public Defenders and the Tort Claims Act

On Monday, the New Jersey Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of a wrongly convicted man now suing his public defender.  The court is considering two issues.  First, whether an attorney acting on behalf of the government to represent a private client, where representation is required by the constitution, is entitled to protections under the state's tort claims act when sued for legal malpractice.  Second, whether the plaintiff's loss of liberty is separate from pain and suffering.

George Conk represented the state bar association on the first issue.  He has details at Otherwise.

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