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This is a full-text archive of the Opinions of the New Jersey Courts, including the Supreme Court, from March, 1994 to date, the Superior Court Appellate Division and the Tax Court from September, 1995 to date.
Please note that in 2005, the New Jersey Administrative Office of Courts changed its publication policy and began to release all Appellate Division decisions for inclusion in this database. Before that date, decisions marked "Unpublished" were not released, and are available only from the court directly.
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For any citation you input, the citator attempts to return all the documents in the Rutgers NJ Courts collection that include mention of that citation. Search results are displayed with an expanded "K.W.I.C." display (your citation will be highlighted, and the results will include approx. 80 words before and after the citation). Here is what we are trying to do: with other popular commercial citators, you get either colored flags or code letters which are helpful, but naturally ambiguous. Others just give you a list of citing cases with no guidance at all. However with this citator, the goal is to give users enough information to make their own decision about the significance of the citing case, while keeping it short enough so that is not too much work.
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[Tried it but got nothing? Our search engine is pretty flexible with minor variations in spacing and punctuation, but not entirely foolproof. Leaving out all periods and spacing will probably give you a failed search. For example: "133 F.Supp.2d 1254" will work, but "133 FSupp2d 1254" will not.]
(Important hints) Typing both a plaintiff and defendant in only one box will almost guarantee failure. Finally, the party names that we save are generally limited to the first name that appears in the caption. For example: "William Smith and Thomas Jones v. John Cusak and William Thornton" is saved in the system as "William Smith v. William Thornton".
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(NOTE: Many Supreme Court opinions have a detailed syllabus attached to the top of the text, with a warning that the syllabus is not "official". The official opinion, however, is there below the syllabus. Just scroll down.)