NY & NJ Window Legislation Update

New York state passed into law in January 2019 an update to its child sex abuse criminal and civil laws that included a one-year window for civil cases previously time-barred. New Jersey is moving closer to making changes in the law. Pennsylvania remains the only state in the tri-state area that has failed to take legislative action. Specifically the new law includes:
  • Increases the amount of time during which perpetrators of these crimes may be held criminally accountable;
  • Allows victims of these crimes to commence a civil lawsuit at any time before they reach 55 years of age;
  • Provides victims whose claims have been time-barred a new opportunity for their day in court by opening a one-year window for them to commence their action;
  • Eliminates the need to file a notice of claim for sexual offenses committed against a minor;
  • Requires judicial training with respect to crimes involving the sexual abuse of minors;
  • Authorizes the Office of Court Administration to promulgate rules and regulations for the timely adjudication of revived actions.
Read this statement from Governor Cuomo’s Office for more information. CNN reported on the change in this story,  New York passes Child Victims Act, allowing child sex abuse survivors to sue their abusers.

New Jersey Passes Statute Reform and a Two-Year Window

Meanwhile, in New Jersey, lawmakers approved their own version of statute of limitations reform on March 14, 2019.  Governor Murphy has indicated he will sign the measure. Here are some links about the legislation: NJ Senate Approves Lifting Time Limits on Sex Abuse Civil Suits