New Jersey has just adopted a new Rule of Evidence that unifies various privileges applicable to mental health providers. Included are (1) psychologists (2) physicians, including psychiatrists (3) marriage and family therapists (4) social workers, including social work interns and certified school social workers (5) alcohol and drug counselors (6) nurses (7) professional counselors, associate counselors or rehabilitation counselors (8) psychoanalysts (9) midwives (10) physician assistants and (11) pharmacists.New Jersey Evidence Rule 534, September 25, 2015
The defendant claimed the economic downturn and changes in technology caused him to end up "under water" financially. However, even if these claims were uncorroborated, the New Jersey divorce judge could take judicial notice of them, pursuant to New Jersey Rule of Evidence 201(b). Galante v. Galante, New Jersey App. Div., March 20, 2015.
The New Jersey legislature has just introduced a proposed statute to limit a criminal defendant's ability to invoke the protection of an evidentiary privilege between spouses. This is in response to the recent decision in State v. Terry. Senate Bill S-2411, September 5, 2014
Under recently introduced pending legislation, the privilege against testifying against one's spouse in a criminal action would not apply, whenever the proposed witness had knowledge of the crime prior to the marriage. New Jersey Senate Bill # 1989, May 12, 2014
"The several sections of the recording were played at the hearing, but the recording was neither introduced as evidence nor transcribed. We caution [New Jersey] trial judges to ensure that recordings played for their consideration are preserved for appellate review." J.I. v. R.I., New Jersey App. Div., October 26, 2012