Section Chief: Bill Staas

OVERVIEW

The Civil Litigation/Records Management Unit is responsible for the civil and ancillary aspects of criminal prosecution.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Unit reviews and processes all requests for civil discovery and all firearm matters, including requests for return of weapons, applications for permits to carry firearms in the county and appeals from denials of such permits.

Several types of information requests and record keeping are handled by the Civil Litigation/Records Management Unit. These include:

• Requests for information filed pursuant to the Open Public Records Act. The Records Custodian pursuant to the act is the unit section chief.

• Requests for information from governmental agencies, including federal agencies, New Jersey state agencies, and inquiries from agencies of other states.

• Requests for release of municipal police records, evidence disposition, and return of property and money.

• The Civil Litigation/Records Management Unit is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Records Retention and Disposal Act pursuant to New Jersey P.L. 1953, c.410 as amended.

• Assisting the Victim/Witness Unit in helping crime victims apply for U-Visas.

This section also conducts record checks, property forfeitures and foreclosures, name change petitions, expungement petitions, bail forfeitures and false identity claims. To help pro se litigants understand the expungement process, the Unit gives several free seminars each year throughout the County.

The unit cooperates with County Counsel, the Attorney General’s Office and private counsel to handle and monitor all civil lawsuits filed against the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office or its personnel.

The Unit is responsible for asset forfeitures on behalf of all law enforcement agencies throughout the county. This is a civil law practice allowing authorities to seize property and money used by arrested persons in furtherance of illegal activity or proceeds gained through illegal activity. The Unit regularly appears before the Law Division – Civil Part to litigate these forfeitures.

The Unit also serves as legal advisor to all law enforcement agencies in the county regarding certain civil litigation issues. The Unit also maintains and updates the Camden County Search and Seizure Manual for all law enforcement personnel in the County.

The Unit runs the Legal and Paralegal Intern/Extern Program and the office’s Continuing Legal Education Program.