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Pre-Trial Advocacy in New Jersey: A Guide to the Post-Bail Reform Process


Created on March 24, 2020




In 2017, New Jersey began implementing the Bail Reform and Speedy Trial Act, which nearly eliminated cash bail. Three years later, what does the pre-trial process look like for criminal defendants in New Jersey?

This program, taught by veteran criminal defense attorney Adrienne Edward, will walk viewers through a step-by-step guide to the pre-trial process, and identify best practices for advocating for criminal defendants. Ms. Edward will discuss the difference between the pre-trial detention and pre-trial release processes, and explain what to do on behalf of your client, from the time the client is arrested through representation at the detention hearing, and how to oppose a motion for pre-trial detention if the State files one.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Act quickly when your client is arrested
  2. Advocate for a client when the State moves for detention
  3. Argue against a motion for pre-trial detention at a detention hearing
  4. Identify the forms that are used throughout the pre-trial process

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