IN THE MATTER OF THE CIVIL OF COMMITMENT OF C.M. IN THE MATTER OF THE CIVIL COMMITMENT OF M.H. IN THE MATTER OF THE CIVIL COMMITMENT OF C.R.(CASC-561-18, CASC-426-18, AND SACC-168-18, CAMDEN COUNTY, SALEM COUNTY AND STATEWIDE) (CONSOLIDATED) (RECORD IMPOUNDED) (A-4684-17T2/
In these three similar matters, appellants were involuntarily held for longer than the law permits prior to entry of a temporary commitment order. By the time their motions to vacate could be heard, they were discharged from confinement; the trial judge thus denied the motions on mootness grounds. In these appeals, which were consolidated, the court held that, even if appellants' motions were technically moot because they had been released, they were entitled to a ruling on the merits because of the significant liberty interests at stake and because such occurrences were capable of repetition yet likely to evade review.