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New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. Photo: Carmen Natale/ALM

A controversial program allowing grand jury proceedings via Zoom has gone from optional to mandatory after too many lawyers objected to the concept.

The pilot program has been unable to get off the ground because of defendants’ ability to opt out, according to an order signed by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, which was made public Tuesday. “The requirement that a defendant consent to presentation of charges to a grand jury convening remotely (rather than in person) has inhibited bringing cases before those ready grand juries,” Rabner said in the order.

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Charles Toutant

Charles Toutant is a litigation writer for the New Jersey Law Journal.

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