A judge is hearing grumbles after taking more than 500 days to rule on dispositive motions in a suit challenging New Jersey’s suspension of driver’s licenses for parents in arrears on child support payments.

The failure to rule on a motion after such a lengthy period could be deemed a de facto dismissal of the suit, which would then be subject to appellate review, plaintiffs’ lawyer David Perry Davis said in a Jan. 6 letter to Mercer County Assignment Judge Mary Jacobson. Davis said he would ask the Appellate Division to make such a finding if Jacobson does not name a date when a decision will be issued.

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