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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Sheriff Files Complaint in Superior Court to Stay Eviction Proceedings in Response to COVID-19

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Mount Holly— Counsel, on behalf of Burlington County Sheriff Anthony Basantis, filed a Complaint for Declaratory Judgement in Superior Court this evening to stay the execution of eviction orders. This is supported by Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 103, declaring a State of Emergency for the Coronavirus public health crisis. The Sheriff’s duties include, but are not limited to, overseeing the service of writs of possession related to evictions and ejectments for properties within Burlington County. 


A member of the Burlington County Coronavirus Task Force, the Burlington County Sheriff will evaluate the need to reallocate resources of the Sheriff’s Office to assist in addressing the public health, welfare, and safety concerns of the community. 


“Displacing residents from households is inconsistent with the goals of containing the spread of COVID-19,” said Sheriff Basantis, “Evictions will increase social contact, and disrupt self-isolation efforts by residents attempting to comply with the recommendations to minimize the spread of the virus.”

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