Bill protecting court-appointed psychologists advances

TRENTON – The Assembly Judiciary Committee this morning released bill A2289, which would limit actions against court-appointed psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, or other licensed mental health professionals in family court.

The bill states that in any civil action or administrative proceeding, such a professional would not be held liable for any act or omission committed within the scope of a court-ordered appointment unless a judge finds that the professional has acted recklessly or negligently.

The New Jersey Association of Social Workers, which represents 7,600 personnel, supports the bill. The Administrative Office of Courts also supported the bill, saying it allows some transparency and maintains a pool of high-quality professionals.

Bill protecting court-appointed psychologists advances