The New Jersey Lawsuit Reform Alliance advocates for reforms to ensure that New Jersey's civil justice system treats all parties fairly and discourages lawsuit abuse. NJLRA and its members believe that a fair civil justice system resolves disputes expeditiously, without bias and based solely upon application of the law to the facts of each case. Such a system fosters public trust and motivates professionals, sole proprietors and businesses to provide safe and reliable products and services while ensuring that truly injured people are compensated fairly for their losses.
Fair Treatment for Defendants and Plantiffs
Defendants and plaintiffs are entitled to fair and proportional treatment in our courts. This includes practical access to appellate review, equitable allocation of responsibility, reliable expert testimony, access to the courts and protection from outlandish and excessive awards.
Proper Use of the Courts and Legal Authority
New Jersey’s courts should serve New Jersey residents and New Jersey-centered disputes, and should not be a magnet for lawsuits that have little or no connection to our State. Our courts should apply and uphold well-grounded and measured legal principles, not novel legal theories that encourage improper regulation through litigation. Expansive theories of liability and generous standards for proof that are out-of-step with those of other states inevitably attract litigation tourists seeking to bring claims with little or no connection to New Jersey. These suits unfairly target organizations and businesses that have chosen to locate in New Jersey and discourage economic investment in
High Quality Courts
New Jersey courts should uphold the highest standards, attract and retain talented and diverse judges, and efficiently and capably adjudicate the cases before them. A fair system of justice depends upon independent, accomplished and diverse judges at the trial, intermediate appellate and Supreme Court levels. The selection of New Jersey's judges must be transparent, their compensation fair and their workload reasonable.
Protection Against Meritless and Exorbitant Lawsuits
There should be reasonable protections against unfounded lawsuits that clog our courts, encourage abuse, fuel disproportionate liability and speculative claims, and threaten employers, jobs, health care and the economy Excessive litigation and junk lawsuits are paid for by us all: the businesses, sole proprietors, professionals and organizations that are the targets of such suits, consumers who pay for excessive awards through higher prices, taxpayers who pay more when businesses flee the state and legitimate plaintiffs who find the court system clogged with out-of-state suits.