What is a certied criminal trial attorney?
"Certified criminal trial attorney" is a designation granted by the New Jersey Supreme Court to attorneys who are able to demonstrate sufficient levels of experience, education, knowledge and skill in criminal trial practice. The Supreme Court, through its Board on Attorney Certification, designates only those lawyers who apply for certification adn who are able to meet the standards set by the Board and approved by the Court.
What does it mean to be certified?
A "certified" attorney is more than just an attorney who specializes in a particular area of law. A New Jersey attorney who is certified by the Supreme Court as a criminal trial attorney must have been a member of the New Jersey bar in good standing for over 5 years, fulfilled ongoing continuing legal education requirements, demonstrated a substantial level of experience in criminal trial law, been favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with his or her work, and taken and passed a written examination in criminal trial law.
Why does New Jersey havea certification program?
The Certification program helps the public find attorneys who have demonstrated proficiency in specialized fields of law. Certification helps lawyers by giving them a way to make their experience known to the public and to other lawyers. Certification also encourages the maintenance and improvement of attorney competence in specialized fields of law.
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