NJ Atty Discipline declined in 2021, but write-offs increased

By Nick Muscavage (July 1, 2022, 4:49 p.m. EDT) – New Jersey Supreme Court District Attorney’s Office Discipline Filed 30% Fewer Ethics Complaints in 2021 compared to the prior year, reflecting the lingering effects of COVID-19, the court recently announced in an annual roundup.

The state’s Office of Lawyer Ethics released its annual report on Tuesday, noting a decrease in action in several areas overseen by the state’s Lawyer Ethics Watchdog, including investigations and discipline. Charles Centinaro, director of the OAE, attributed the decline to a combination of pandemic-related effects and “significant changes in staffing,” according to the report.

The pandemic and staff changes “have had a negative impact on OAE’s capacity…

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