Admission to the U.S. District Court of New Jersey
Please direct all correspondence and inquiries to the following:
Attorney Admissions Office:
United States District Court
Clarkson S. Fisher Federal Building
and United States Courthouse
Attn: Attorney Admissions Office
402 East State Street, Room 2020
Trenton, NJ 08608
Telephone No.: (609) 989-0468
An attorney must be a member of the New Jersey State Court before he/she can be admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Attorneys are not automatically admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey upon admission to the Bar of the State of New Jersey. The candidate must complete the Application for Admission to the Bar of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and have the Oath administered by an individual authorized to administer oaths (an attorney, judge or notary). The person may be an official of any jurisdiction. The candidate must also obtain a Certificate of Good Standing issued by the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Application and Instructions:
The Application for Admission to the Bar of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Instructions can be found on the Court’s Internet site at www.njd.uscourts.gov under Attorney Services - Attorney Admissions.
The completed, signed and notarized Application with an original Certificate of Good Standing issued by the New Jersey Supreme Court must be submitted together as a packet along with a check or money order in the amount of $200.00, payable to Clerk, U.S. District Court. The Court does not accept cash.
The admission date is the day the applicant’s New Jersey State Bar status is verified. Thereafter, the Certificate of Admission will be mailed within 45 business days.
Certificate of Good Standing for Attorneys Currently Admitted to the U.S. District Court for New Jersey:
Attorneys currently admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey may submit a Request for Certificate of Good Standing which can be found on the Court's Internet site at www.njd.uscourts.gov under Attorney Services - Attorney Admissions. All information should be completed to ensure that your Certificate is correct. If you know your State Attorney ID Number that was assigned to you for the New Jersey Bar Examination you passed, please include it.
The fee for a Certificate of Good Standing is $18.00 payable to Clerk, U.S. District Court. Forward the application, payment and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the Attorney Admissions Office. The Certificate of Good Standing will be mailed within five working days.
Attorney Address Change:
If you are an ECF registered user, you must make these changes electronically in the ECF System under Utilities – Maintain Your Account.
Non-ECF registered users should complete the Request for Address Change for Non-ECF Users Only form and forward same to the Attorney Admissions Office. There is no fee.
Attorney Name Change/Correction:
An attorney wishing to change his/her name due to marriage, divorce, or court order, must submit the Request for Name Change/Correction and forward same to the Attorney Admissions Office. If the attorney wishes to have a new Certificate of Admission evidencing the name change, there is an additional fee of $20.00.
State of New Jersey Attorney Index:
The below link to the New Jersey Courts provides information about attorneys who have been admitted to practice in New Jersey, such as attorney ID number, date of admission, status to practice law in New Jersey, and county and municipality of the business office of practicing attorneys.
Pro Hac Vice:
An attorney admitted pro hac vice before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey is required to make payment of $150 on each admission payable to the Clerk, U.S. District Court. Payment is also required to the New Jersey Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection. According to Local Civil Rule 101.1, local counsel must file papers, enter appearances for parties, sign stipulations or sign and receive payments on judgments, decrees or orders.
New Jersey Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection (609) 292-8079
Pursuant to the General Rules of the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation, any attorney of record in any action transferred under 28 U.S.C. § 1407 may continue to represent his or her client in any district court of the United States to which such action is transferred; therefore, parties are not required to obtain local counsel in the district to which such action is transferred.