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New Jersey Supreme Court grants pretrial discovery to defendants facing detention hearings.

New Jersey’s highest court held that under the state’s recent Criminal Justice Reform Act, defendants are entitled to disclosure from the government of evidence related to the state’s request for pretrial detention prior to any hearing on the matter.State v. Robinson, 160 A.3d 1, 15-17 (N.J. 2017).

This is significant because under New Jersey’s reformed system, persons accused of crimes generally are not assigned money bail but are instead detained until trial or not based on the outcome of a pretrial hearing to determine the risk of releasing them.State v. Robinson, 160 A.3d 1, 15-17 (N.J. 2017)also see S. P. Sullivan, “Supreme Court Changes Evidence Rules Under N.J. Bail Reform,” NJ.com, May 10, 2017.