Judicial challenge to pension/benefits reform won’t go directly to Supreme Court

TRENTON – A lawsuit filed by a judge challenging the state’s pensions and health benefits reform will not go directly to the state Supreme Court and must be heard by the lower courts first.

The state Supreme Court today turned down a request by lead plaintiff Hudson County Judge Paul DePascale to relax the court rules, bypass the Mercer County courts  and hear the case directly.

The high court turned down the request “without prejudice,’’ meaning it can still hear any appeals as they come before it, but the case must go through the normal judicial process first.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of judges affected by the landmark reforms adopted in June.

http://www.politickernj.com/49342/judges-sue-state-over-pension-and-benefits-reform-seek-injunction-new-law

http://www.politickernj.com/49792/unions-ready-legal-challenge-pension-reform-focus-colas 

Judicial challenge to pension/benefits reform won’t go directly to Supreme Court