(a) Time. Except for judgments to be prepared by the court and entered pursuant to R. 3:21-5 or pretrial release orders entered pursuant to R. 3:26-2, formal written orders shall be presented to the court in accordance with R. 4:42-1(e) except that only the original of the signed order shall be filed. The court may also issue and transmit to the Department of Corrections electronic Orders to Produce inmates, with those orders or writs containing an electronically affixed signature of a Superior Court judge. Such orders shall have the same authority as orders that contain a judge's original signature.
(b) Settlement by Motion or Consent. Except as otherwise provided by paragraph (c) of this rule, by other rule or by law, and except for ex parte matters and for judgments entered pursuant to R. 3:21-5, no judgment or order shall be signed by the court unless the form thereof has been settled on motion on notice to all parties affected thereby or unless the written approval of such attorneys or parties to the form thereof is endorsed thereon.
(c) Settlement on Notice. In lieu of settlement by motion or consent, the party proposing the form of judgment or order may forward the original thereof to the judge who heard the matter and shall serve a copy thereof on every other party not in default together with a notice that unless the judge and the proponent of the judgment or order are notified in writing of specific objections thereto within 5 days after such service, the judgment or order may be signed in the judge's discretion. If no such objection is timely made, the judge may forthwith sign the judgment or order. If objection is made, the matter may be listed for hearing in the discretion of the court.
Note: Adopted July 29, 1977 to be effective September 6, 1977. Paragraph (c) amended July 24, 1978 to be effective September 11, 1978; paragraph (a) amended July 16, 1981 to be effective September 14, 1981; paragraph (a) amended November 7, 1988 to be effective January 2, 1989; paragraph (c) amended July 13, 1994 to be effective September 1, 1994; paragraph (a) amended July 28, 2004 to be effective September 1, 2004; paragraph (a) amended August 30, 2016 to be effective January 1, 2017.