New Jersey Statutes Title 59. Claims Against Public Entities 59 § 2-1.3

a. Notwithstanding any provision of the “New Jersey Tort Claims Act,” N.J.S.59:1-1 et seq. , to the contrary:

(1) immunity from civil liability granted by that act to a public entity or public employee shall not apply to an action at law for damages as a result of a sexual assault, any other crime of a sexual nature, a prohibited sexual act as defined in section 2 of P.L.1992, c. 7 ( C.2A:30B-2 ), or sexual abuse as defined in section 1 of P.L.1992, c. 109 ( C.2A:61B-1 ) being committed against a person, which was caused by a willful, wanton or grossly negligent act of the public entity or public employee;  and

(2) immunity from civil liability granted by that act to a public entity shall not apply to an action at law for damages as a result of a sexual assault, any other crime of a sexual nature, a prohibited sexual act as defined in section 2 of P.L.1992, c. 7 ( C.2A:30B-2 ), or sexual abuse as defined in section 1 of P.L.1992, c. 109 ( C.2A:61B-1 ) being committed against a minor under the age of 18, which was caused by the negligent hiring, supervision or retention of any public employee.

b. Every action at law involving a public entity or public employee as described in subsection a. of this section shall be subject to the statute of limitations set forth in section 2 of P.L.2019, c. 120 ( C.2A:14-2a ), and may be brought during the two-year period set forth in subsection a. of section 9 of P.L.2019, c. 120 ( C.2A:14-2b ), notwithstanding that the action would otherwise be barred through application of the statute of limitations.


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