Chief Justice Poritz and Associate Justices Verniero, LaVECCHIA, Zazzali and Wallace join in the Court's Order. Justices Long and Albin did not participate.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Stephen W. Townsend
This matter having duly presented to the Court, IT IS ORDERED that the motion for relaxation of Rule 2:12-2 (M-1356) is granted; and it is further
ORDERED that the motion for direct certification of the appeal now pending in the Appellate Division (M-1357) is granted; and it is further
ORDERED that the motion for an accelerated briefing schedule (M-1359) is granted, as follows:
1. On or before Friday, July 9, 2004, Appellants shall serve and file a copy of their brief and appendix at the chambers of the participating members of the Court, with four copies being filed with the Supreme Court Clerk's Office and two copies served on all participants to the appeal;
2. On or before Thursday, July 15, 2004, Respondents shall serve and file copies of their brief and appendix in the same manner as appellants; and
3. On or before Monday, July 19, 2004, Appellants shall serve and file any reply brief in the same manner; and it is further
ORDERED that the motion for oral argument (M-1360) is granted, the appeal to be heard on Thursday, July 22, 2004, in the Appellate Division courtroom, fifth floor, Hughes Justice Complex, Trenton, at 10:00 a.m.; and it is further
ORDERED that in light of the representation of the Office of the Attorney General that no bond purchasing agreements relating to the appeal before the Court would be executed prior to July 27, 2004, the motion for a stay pending appeal (M-1358) is dismissed as moot, the Court anticipating the filing of its final judgment on or before July 26, 2004.
WITNESS, the Honorable Deborah T. Poritz, Chief Justice, at Trenton, this 7th day of July, 2004.
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