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Staying out of the “Star Chamber”:  Local Government Ethics Law

Two decades ago, the New Jersey Legislature passed comprehensive legislation that standardized local government ethics law statewide.  The law is designed to provide for a fair process, one that is reasonably separate from local politics and the local governing body.  When the process is administred correctly, it protects an elected official and those that he or she represents from political use of a legal process.  Tim Howes has done extensive research and has taught local government ethics law to newly elected officials.

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Published January 22, 2012 by W. Timothy Howes, Esq.

Local Justice:  The life of a municipal court

The portion of the municipal government in New Jersey that touches the most people is not the mayor or the city council, but the municipal court.  The municipal court in New Jersey handles thousands of cases each year, cases that effect the rights of victims and of the accused.  The municipal court is a vibrant court, usually staffed by dedicated professionals who are in constant contact with the public, and who work under constantly changing rules.

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Published January 22, 2012 by W. Timothy Howes, Esq.
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