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Managing complex organizations is the work for a team rather than one person”

-Peter Drucker Author and Consultant


The Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court assisted by the Administrative Director of the Courts is responsible for the administration of all courts in the State. This executive component or executive team structure is mirrored at various levels throughout the New Jersey Courts. The State is divided into fifteen judicial districts, known as vicinages. Overall administration of a vicinage is the responsibility of the Assignment Judge. The Assignment Judge is the chief executive of a court district. Assisting the Assignment Judge in overall leadership are four presiding judges who supervise day-to-day operations and case management in the civil, criminal, family and general equity areas.


 Working with the Assignment Judge in an executive team relationship is the Trial Court Administrator. The Trial Court Administrator is the chief non-judicial administrative officer in the vicinage. The court administrator provides a technical and leadership focus for a professional court organization and oversees nine divisions of court.

Civil Division; Criminal Division; Family Division; Municipal Division;
Probation Division; Finance Division; Human Resources Division;
General Operations Division and Information Technology Division

The court administrator assists in managing the court efficiently and fairly while fostering quality performance, productivity and effectiveness.

Additional areas under the control of the Assignment Judge and Trial Court Administrator include the following:

  • Strategic Planning/Values
  • Organizational Communication
  • Caseflow Management
  • Fiscal Administration
  • Technology Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Management
  • Jury Management
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Public Information/Community Outreach
  • Liaison with Bar Association
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