Lyndhurst, NJ, June 28, 2012 - In Wilson v. City of Jersey City, the New Jersey Supreme Court confirmed the broad ranging immunities conferred upon 911 Operators pursuant to the 911 Immunity Act in Title 52 of the New Jersey Statutes. The Supreme Court then remanded the case to the Appellate Division to determine whether summary judgment should be granted to the City of Jersey City and its 911 Operators.
Today, in a ruling of first impression, the Appellate Division held that summary judgment was appropriately granted to the City of Jersey City and its 911 operators. The appellate court laid out in detail the analysis necessary to warrant application of the 911-related immunities. It further opined that municipalities and other public safety answering points will be immune from respondeat superior liability for the conduct of 911 operators under additional immunities provided by the Tort Claims Act in Title 59 of the New Jersey Statutes.
This ruling has broad statewide impact, as it concerns the potential liability of all governmental entities and their employees operating 911 services.
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