Vicinage Internship Program For College Level Students

Introduction

The Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson Vicinage, has recently implemented an internship program with a two-fold mission. One is to enhance our visibility as a potential employer and the other is to offer a positive experiential learning opportunity to college students in the communities we serve.

This page contains information about the internship program and the court divisions in which the internship opportunities exist. Click on the links below to view descriptions of internships that are available to eligible undergraduate and graduate students.

The interns will be selected by a Division Manager or committee of members from the division or unit in which the internship exists. All selected interns will be subject to a criminal background check and confidentiality agreement.

The court supervisor is committed to providing a positive learning experience for the intern. Additionally, they will make themselves available to the intern for questions and to provide coaching as well as an oral and written evaluation of the intern's performance.

Because there is currently no money available for the Court to offer paid internships, we are seeking the participation of students who are able to exchange this experience for educational credits (such as through the college's Cooperative Education Program) or are willing to donate their time in exchange for the experience, recognition and potential job reference. We believe the experience will be worth the effort.

Internships are available in the following court divisions and/or units:

Duration of Program. This is a 14-week program lasting from approximately September 9, 2002 through December 13, 2002.

Stipend. No stipends are available, however, academic credit can be arranged with sponsoring schools.

Application. Submit a resume with a cover letter stating your interest(s) to:

Pauline D. Daniels
EEO/AA Officer
Superior Court of New Jersey-Hudson County
595 Newark Avenue, Room 408
Jersey

We are an equal employment/affirmative action employer.

For more information about the program, contact the Vicinage EEO/AA Officer, Pauline Daniels, at

Internship Opportunities with the Hudson County Superior Court

The New Jersey Judiciary Is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

The Family Division

This Division handles cases which involve disputes regarding children, spouses or domestic partners. Most Family Court cases involve divorce, adoption, juvenile delinquency, child abuse, child support, or domestic violence. Internships are currently available in the following units.

The Domestic Violence Unit

The Domestic Violence Unit of the Family Division handles approximately 5,000 domestic violence cases a year. The Unit is supervised by a Probation Officer and a Team Leader and is additionally comprised of about 12 other team members who perform various administrative functions in the processing of domestic violence complaints. The Unit also employs a Domestic Violence Hearing Officer who conducts hearings with victims who are seeking temporary restraining orders and makes appropriate recommendations to Family Division judges.

The Juvenile Deferred Disposition Program

There are two teams within the juvenile area that case manage and monitor compliance with diversion decisions made by Family Court judges. Each team is supervised by a team leader, and staffed with approximately ten team members, two probation officers who conduct intake conferences with juveniles and their parents, and approximately seven or eight clericals who perform a variety of clerical functions.

The

The Juvenile Drug Court is a special court that deals with drug dependent juveniles. It provides judicial supervision with incentives and sanctions and involves close collaboration between the court and treatment provider.

This unit is comprised of a Team Leader, who is the supervisor of the unit/program, a Probation Officer, who supervises the juveniles on the program and makes field visits to their school, job, home, and other places, and a support staff person who performs the clerical functions for the team.

Court Interpreter's Unit

The Court Interpreters' Unit in the Hudson Vicinage is staffed by nine Spanish/English interpreters. All staff interpreters, and those who are hired per diem, must take and pass an exam administered by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).

Presently, all divisions of the Superior Court utilize the services of court interpreters. The Criminal Division and the Family Part carry the bulk of the caseload, closely followed by the Special Civil Part and Civil Division. Interpreting services are also rendered for support offices such as Criminal Case Management, Special Civil Arbitration and Mediation, Diagnostic Services and Family Part Intake. Arrangements are made for hiring interpreters for languages other than Spanish by the Exotic Languages Liaison of the Court Interpreter's Unit. Our resource for hiring per diem interpreters is a Register of AOC Approved Freelance Interpreters in different languages. Among the most commonly requested languages and dialects are Arabic, Polish, Gujarati, Hindi, Mandarin and Sign Language. In total, the Unit interprets for an average of 1200 cases a month!

The Interpreter's Role

But what is Court Interpreting? With no doubt one could get may different responses to this question. The fact is that many think that court interpreting is simply rendering a given message in a different language. While language obviously plays a very important role in our profession, there are many other crucial factors inherent to court interpreting.

The main task of the court interpreter is to elevate the non-English speaker to the same level as an English speaker. In order to achieve this, court interpreters not only have to master both languages, but must additionally develop anthropological, social and linguistic insights that are regionally specific and require a depth of training to know and understand. When we talk about language, we mean not only syntax and vocabulary but culture, regionalism, register and false cognates as well. Language is constantly changing. What was accepted in the past is now obsolete. New words are coined every day. Therefore, interpreters have to regularly update their vocabulary. Culture is a key issue for interpreters. Nuances in a given language or dialect can only be perceived if one has been immersed in the culture where that particular language is spoken. Did you know that Spanish is spoken in 20 countries? Every one of these 20 countries has idiosyncratic linguistic elements that are known as regionalisms. Court interpreters must familiarize themselves with all these words and connotations if they want to avoid making egregious mistakes. For instance, the word "banqueta" in most Spanish speaking countries means bench; however, in some Spanish speaking countries it also means sidewalk. Obviously, it isn't the same to say that the children were left on a bench as opposed to saying that the children were left on the sidewalk. Misunderstandings like this may take place if court interpreters can not differentiate regionalisms in their vocabularies. Register is another language component which court interpreters have to grasp very well. In the courtroom, we are required to speak the frozen language of the statutes, the sophisticated language of judges, the technical language of experts and the street language of many of the people who need our services. Interpreters have to acquire a vast range of language abilities to be able to operate simultaneously at these different levels. False cognates are another dire subject for interpreters. Words in English that sound the same in Spanish don't always have the same meaning in both languages. For instance, the English word "audience" means a group of spectators in a public event while the Spanish word "audiencia" means hearing. There is an endless list of these kind of words. Interpreters have to be alert for false cognates which can be rather confusing at times.

Besides mastering languages, court interpreters must undergo intensive training in order to acquire the skills needed to perform the three modes of interpreting: simultaneous, consecutive and sight interpreting. Simultaneous interpreting (interpreting at the same time the speaker is speaking) is usually employed for proceedings on the record with the exception of witness testimony where the interpreter waits for the person to finish and then begins to interpret consecutively. Sight interpretation or translation is used whenever the interpreter interprets from a written text into the target language. The task of interpreting is complex and detailed since interpreters employ all three modes of interpreting and must do so accurately and faithfully without embellishment, omission or explanation on their part while trying to find the most natural equivalent in the target language. Given the intensity of this job, team interpreting is recommended in proceedings exceeding two hours. Additionally, court interpreters must also overcome the problems of rooms plagued with unnecessary noise, speakers who can not contain themselves from speaking at the same time or speakers who talk so low that it is difficult to hear what they are saying. Putting it in a nutshell, court interpreting is an extremely challenging profession.

Written Translations

Another task of the Interpreters' Unit is to translate written forms, documents and letters from Spanish into English and conversely. A library of resources has been assembled by the Unit over the years and we now have dictionaries available for legal, medical, technical and general terminology. Questions of meaning and usages are constantly arising, given the nature of interpreting work. Members of the unit are involved constantly in creating glossaries for terminology specific to many different areas--from domestic violence to ballistics.

Training Future Interpreters

Our unit also trains students from Montclair State University and Rutgers University majoring in Spanish or Linguistics who elect work as interns. A training program tailored to the specific needs of each student is developed. After they complete the technical part of the training, they are ready to interpret in off the record proceedings generated in various support offices. Some of these interns have turned out to be very good interpreters while others decide after their internship that they are not suited for this profession. However, they all leave with the knowledge of having been exposed to a valuable experience. Our interns invariably come face to face with the clearest example of the misconception about court interpretation. When they begin their internships, they assume that the only requirement to becoming a court interpreter is speaking two languages. By the end of their learning experience, they leave with the clear idea that court interpreters not only have to be bilingual, but must also develop a solid multicultural background, an in-depth knowledge of both languages and an excellent command of a number of interpreting skills. It is a lesson that experienced court interpreters are constantly reminded of in their daily duties.

Finance Division

The Finance Division provides numerous services to the Vicinage, including revenue collections, budgeting, purchasing, fixed asset management, and Child Support bookkeeping, among other functions.

Division Responsibilities

The main task of the Finance Division is to ensure the fiscal integrity of the Vicinage. Fiscal integrity is accomplished through the diligent monitoring of internal controls, in the case of revenue and escrow collections, and through the monitoring and projecting of costs and expenditures for goods and services needed by the vicinage, in the case of the budget. To give you an idea of the importance of these tasks, the Hudson Vicinage collects approximately $52 million in revenue and escrow during the course of the year. The annual budget for Hudson Vicinage is $23.5 million per year.

Division Organization

The division is organized into four units: three fee offices and a central office. The first unit is The Superior Court Fee Office: Bail, Family, Probation, and Fines/Restitution. This unit processes Bail, which consists of accounting for all posted bails, refunding them upon discharge, and processing the forfeited bail monies when appropriate. This is an extremely important task and one which is central to our Criminal Justice System. The Bail Unit also screens and dockets all family court complaints, as well as does the initial screening of motions. The last task of this unit involves the collection and distribution of all Fines/Restitution and Probation payments. The Bail Unit is an extremely busy and fast paced office. The personnel who work in this unit possess excellent interpersonal skills and customer relations abilities as their jobs are quite

The second unit is The Superior Court Fee office: Civil, Special Civil, General Equity, Law and Violations. This unit opens all the mail for the Civil Division as well as the Special Civil unit. After the mail is opened, it is then sorted, screened, and if it is a fee related document, posted into the fee sub-system. In addition, the unit still processes old traffic violations tickets, a function which is normally performed by the County. The personnel who work in this unit, have excellent interpersonal skills, tremendous knowledge of the many different types of documents in the Civil Division, as well as the variations and complexities

The third unit is The Child Support Bookkeeping Unit. This unit is responsible for the accurate screening, posting and disbursement of all child support monies. This is a critical area for the well being of many children in the State of New Jersey. It is a responsibility that all of the Child Support Bookkeeping staff take very seriously. As with the other two units, the staff who work in this unit possess excellent interpersonal skills and a tremendous amount of patience and understanding when dealing with

The last unit in the Finance Division is the Central Office located in the Administration Building. This unit consists of five people whose tasks are to monitor the budget, purchase all the necessary goods and services for the Vicinage, supervise and control the fixed asset inventory for the Vicinage, as well as provide oversight to the three fee offices discussed above. The staff in the Central office work extremely hard, under tight deadlines, and with one of the best records with regard to budget monitoring in the State.

Hudson County Probation Department

The Probation Department of the Hudson County Superior Court is staffed by dedicated people who work in two distinct areas; Child Support Enforcement and Community Based Offender Supervision. Each of these areas has unique units and specialized programs.

Child Support Enforcement Unit

The Child Support Enforcement Unit has the daunting task of managing 22,000 cases and collecting over $60,000,000 a year in child support. Despite the problems associated with the day-to-day tasks, unit staff have still found the time and resources to provide more than the minimum.

Despite large caseloads and under staffing, people with child support problems can walk into the Customer Service Office at any time and be given personal service. Whatever the problem, the Customer Service Office will find the time to help.

As an outreach to the community a group of individuals have come together to provide Public Forums. Four times a year probation officers and investigators take their child support enforcement knowledge to a different community. These nighttime forums can often get heated, but these professionals know how to deal with the tough cases. This program was also recognized in 1995 by the receipt of an AQCES award presented by the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts.

Community Based Supervision and Specialized Caseloads

Twenty-seven years ago offenders who were placed on probation were assigned to a probation officer based upon where the offender lived. Today, although in many cases that practice is still followed, the offender may also be placed in a specialized caseload.

Unfortunately, incidents of domestic violence have increased and as laws have been passed to deal with the problem so has the need to supervise offenders. These individuals may be on probation or be the subject of a restraining order. The Department supervises the offenders and pays special attention to those that are required, by the Court, to attend special programs such as the batterers program at the Jersey City Medical Center.

Sex offenders, living in the community, have come under intense scrutiny. Laws have been passed requiring registration, notification, and possible lifetime supervision. When "Megan's Law" became effective it was apparent that routine supervision was not sufficient. The Department works closely with the Prosecutor's Office to develop procedures for registration and assists with providing information so that the proper notification level may be determined. The Department is also actively involved in the development of a plan of treatment for eligible individuals. Using a local therapist trained by the American Probation and Parole Association, the Department coordinates a program and works with the courts to get qualified individuals into the program. In recognition of the efforts the program was presented an AQCES award in 1996.

Collections

In Court Year 2001, probation departments throughout the State collected $32,000,000 in fines and restitution and the Hudson Vicinage collected $1,927,192 of that amount. The Department uses civil proceedings, wage garnishments, tax offsets, lottery interceptions, and delinquency notices to collect funds. In recent years, the Department has begun using hearing officers, mediation and payment plans to boost its collection rate while helping defendants pay off their debts.

The Civil Division

The Civil Division is the division of the Superior Court where litigants primarily sue for money. The Civil Division consists of two sections, the Civil and the Special Civil Part.

The Civil Court mainly handles tort and contract cases of a monetary value of $10,000 or more. Approximately 10,000 complaints are filed in the Civil Division annually.

The Special Civil Court handles three primary types of cases. They are civil, small claims and landlord/tenant actions. Civil cases handled in the Special Civil Part are generally actions that involve litigation where the damages or "recovery" demand does not exceed the sum of $10,000. Small Claims matters are limited to actions in which a plaintiff seeks to collect a sum of money, not to exceed $2000. Landlord/tenant actions are those where the landlord seeks possession of the leased premises because the tenant has allegedly broken the lease by failing to pay the rent or disturbing other tenants. Approximately 40,000 cases

There are eleven judges that hear both Civil and Special Civil matters. In addition to the judges, there are approximately 115 staff members involved in the daily operations of the courts and case management offices. These staff members perform a variety of functions inside the courtroom, in the judges chambers and on case management teams. The staff positions include a division manager, two assistant division managers, team leaders, clerical supervisors, various support staff personnel, and law clerks.

Both sections of the Civil Division are composed of multi-functional integrated case management teams, one Complementary Dispute Resolution (CDR) Team and the Division Manager's Office. The teams are headed by Team Leaders and are staffed by a number of judiciary clerks of varying levels. The teams are responsible for the management and processing of all documents filed in a case from the filing of the initial complaint through to post-judgment relief. They also schedule proceedings for judges. Cases are assigned to teams by virtue of the docket number. All CDR events are coordinated through the CDR Team. The trial calendar is scheduled and maintained by the master calendar coordinator. The teams are also responsible for staffing the courtrooms. There are usually two staff members in the courtroom with the judge. One staff member functions as a court clerk whose primary responsibility in the courtroom is to keep an audio and/or video record of everything that is occurring in the courtroom, log in all evidence, mark calendars, files and orders. The other staff member functions as court aide. Their main responsibilities include administering the oath to witnesses, attending to jurors, retrieving documents for the judge and maintaining decorum in the courtroom.

Interns can be utilized in the Civil and Special Civil Courts in many capacities. Interns can be involved in delivering customer service to the public and attorneys at our customer service counters; aiding a court clerk in the courtroom; assisting in the processing of pleadings on the teams; and mediating small claims cases.

Trial Court Administrator's Office

Pursuant to New Jersey Court Rule 1:33-5, the Trial Court Administrator's "responsibilities include the provision of technical and managerial support to the Assignment Judge and Administrative Director with respect to budget development and expenditures, the supervision of all judicial support personnel, program development and analysis, facilities and resource management."

How to Apply for an Internship With the New Jersey Courts

To apply for an internship or for information on internship opportunities with the Superior Court of New Jersey-Hudson Vicinage, send a resume with a cover letter stating your interest(s) to the address listed below:

Pauline D. Daniels
Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Officer
Superior Court of New Jersey
595 Newark Avenue, Room 408
Jersey City, New Jersey 07306
(201) 795-6610
FAX: 201-795-6603
TTY: 201-217-5404
E-mail:

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Hudson Vicinage Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Program

Vicinage EEO/AA Program

The New Jersey Judiciary is dedicated to the principles and goals of fairness, equality, courtesy, and respect for all individuals. These are the cornerstones of activities and operations in the court system and embody the Judiciary's commitment to equality under law and fairness in the administration of justice. As an employer, the Judiciary is committed to the principles of fairness and equality of opportunity in the workplace as reflected in the Judiciary's Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Master Plan.

Likewise, the Hudson Vicinage's EEO/AA program is an initiative which is in continual development. It is based on the vicinage EEO/AA Implementation Plan and is designed to insure that every aspect of our employment practices is fair and non-discriminatory. Both the Judiciary EEO/AA Master Plan and Vicinage Implementation Plan can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the sites below.

Hudson Vicinage EEO/AA Advisory Committee

Role of the Committee

The Hudson Vicinage EEO/AA Advisory Committee is a 12-member working group representing a cross-section of vicinage employees. The Committee is chaired by Hudson County Superior Court Judge Severiano Lisboa and is staffed by Vicinage EEO/AA Officer Pauline Daniels. All members of the Advisory Committee are appointed by Assignment Judge Arthur N. D'Italia for 2-year renewable terms. The Committee is charged with the following responsibilities:

  • Act as an advisory body to the Assignment Judge regarding recommendations for the implementation of the Judiciary EEO/AA Program.
  • Review the Judiciary EEO/AA Master Plan, the Vicinage EEO/AA Implementation Plan and the vicinage workforce analyses and recommend improvements as needed.
  • Meet regularly with the EEO/AA Officer to provide guidance and advice on various aspects of the program.
  • Assist the vicinage EEO/AA Officer as necessary in gathering information and developing specific programs to meet the Judiciary's objective of a fair and equitable work environment..
  • Act as a communication liaison between management and other employees to convey information regarding the Judiciary EEO/AA program and serve as a forum for employees to raise questions concerning the EEO/AA program generally.
  • Advise the Assignment Judge on steps that should be taken to promote the development and utilization of minorities and women in the Judiciary work force.
  • Identify availability of training and recommended training standards in the areas of EEO/AA, Sexual Harassment and Cultural Diversity.
  • Identify problems and make recommendations which promote harmony in a diverse work place.

The Committee is currently divided into three working subcommittees: (1) Community Outreach; (2) Career Development; and (3) Training. The subcommittees are charged with the task of requesting and analyzing data in their respective areas and making recommendations in policies and/or procedures or suggesting programs. The Committee may also conduct periodic surveys of vicinage staff to help in determining causes and origins of barriers to equal employment opportunity.

Vicinage Discrimination Complaint Procedures and Forms

The vicinage discrimination complaint policies and procedures apply to all employees and court users and are outlined in the Master Plan on pages seven through 15 and pages 53 through 56 and in the vicinage Implementation Plan on pages 39 and 40. If you believe you are being subjected to discriminatory treatment and want to file a complaint, you may print one of the complaint forms listed on this page, complete it, and forward (or bring) it to the Vicinage EEO/AA Officer in room 408 in the Administration Building.

Informal Complaint Form(PDF format)

The informal complaint procedures can be used, if desired, by the complainant in situations that are not egregious in nature; when sanction is not sought and when it is not apparent that an anti-discrimination law has been violated.

Formal Complaint Form (PDF format)

Formal complaints will be forwarded to and handled by the Regional EEO/AA Investigator. The formal investigation reports will be provided to the Trial Court Administrator and the final disposition of the matter will be rendered by the Assignment Judge or the TCA as his designee.

Vicinage EEO/AA Officer: Pauline D. Daniels, (see mailing address below).

Regional EEO/AA Investigator: Lawrence Bethea:

Downloadable Documents

Getting a Job with the New Jersey Courts

Career Opportunities with the New Jersey Court System, Hudson County Superior Court

Judiciary Employees

The Judiciary, or court system, of New Jersey employs more than just lawyers and judges. Employees of the Judiciary provide administrative support to the judges and other litigants who use the courts. Judiciary employees provide: counseling and referral services to clients, technical support in information management systems, clerical support, training, and other such services to its own employees. Court employees collect money and handle the finances of the court system, coordinate mediation and other programs, manage jurors, investigate, and research, among other services.

If you are looking for a job in public service that offers great career opportunities and excellent benefits, consider the Judiciary of New Jersey. This website was designed to acquaint you with career opportunities within the Superior Court of New Jersey in Hudson County.

The New Jersey Judiciary has a workforce of about 9,000 employees. Judiciary employees are state employees. There are over 400 Superior Court judges who employ about 400 law clerks every year. An additional 500 judges and approximately 2,000 non-judicial personnel are employed with the 539 municipal courts throughout the state. Municipal court employees are not state employees.

The Hudson County Vicinage employs about 645 non-judicial employees and 28 judges. Almost half of these employees are support staff personnel. Approximately 30% are probation department employees, such as investigators and probation officers. Managers make up about three percent of vicinage employees. Finally, the balance of the employees fall into the professional category.

Typical job titles in the professional category include: Team Leader, Family Counseling Specialist, Substance Abuse Evaluator, Accountant, Court Interpreter, and Program Coordinator. Most of the non-support staff jobs require a minimum of a bachelor's degree and one to three years of prior administrative experience. With some positions, experience may be substituted for the education.

The Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and therefore prohibits discrimination in recruitment or employment practices.

Careers in the Judiciary are wide and varied and fall into 10 major job bands. These job bands generally have entry, mid, and higher level positions, each of which require increasing levels of competencies to meet the requirements of the next level.

BAND JOB FUNCTIONS MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY-LEVEL POSITIONS ENTRY-LEVEL SALARY

Support Staff (Classified)

Perform clerical, administrative, and supportive tasks in connection with proceedings instituted before the court or programs administered under supervision of the court

(1) Without Keyboarding: none;

(2) With keyboarding: Must pass Dep't of Personnel-administered civil service exam & keyboarding test at 25 WPM.

(1) $19,223.38

(2) $20,305.47

Case Processing (Classified)

Conduct pre-disposition investigations and prepare reports; collect court-ordered payments; monitor and enforce conditions of probation or court order; provide access to social services; assist in calendar coordination

Must pass Dep't of Personnel-administered civil service exam; Investigator jobs require two years caseworker experience or 60 college credits; Probation Officer jobs require B.A. in behavioral or social sciences; all other positions require B.A.

$27,880.12

Administrative Professional

Separated into two tracks: Administrative and Financial Services. Sample titles include Training Coordinator, Accountant, Purchasing Agent; Law Librarian

B.A. and at least one year technical experience in relevant field; finance jobs require B.A. with 21 accounting credits

$32,208.49

Information Technology

Plan, design, develop, acquire, document, test, implement, integrate, maintain, modify, or operate information processing systems

One year experience in information technology support.

$27,339.07

Court Interpreter

Convey spoken, written, or signed communications between two languages

Three years legal interpreting experience and ability to pass written and oral translation tests.

$36,536.86

Official Court Reporter

Produce an accurate verbatim record of court proceedings

Court reporter training from accredited school; NJ Certified Shorthand Reporter license; three years of court reporting experience

$32,571

Legal

Perform legal work in preparing cases for trial or review; render legal advice and services

Law clerks must be non-practicing law school graduates; Attorneys must have J.D., admittance in NJ Bar and one year experience in practice of law

$35,000 (Law Clerks)

$48,439.87 (Attorneys)

Support Staff Supervisory (Classified)

Monitor, assign, evaluate and lead the work activities and staff resources of a team or work unit

Must pass Dept. Of Personnel administered civil service exam; five years prior experience in an office environment

$33,290.58

Professional Supervisory

Monitor, assign, evaluate and lead the work activities and staff resources of a team or work unit consisting of professional, para-professional, or support staff employees

B.A. and three years technical experience in a relevant field (experience may be substituted for education)

$39,783.13

Court Executive

Oversee court operations; formulate and direct implementation of Judiciary plans, programs, policies and procedures; manage Judiciary resources

B.A. and three years administrative experience, including experience in a field related to the one being managed

$45,000


Classified Versus Non-Classified Service

Many jobs in the New Jersey Courts are "classified", meaning that you will have to take and pass a qualifying Civil Service exam in order to hold a permanent title in that job. Under certain situations, you may be appointed provisionally in a title until you take the qualifying exam.

Jobs in the Support Staff, Case Processing and Support Staff Supervisory bands are classified. Individuals seeking entry-level positions in these bands are required to pass a New Jersey State Department of Personnel administered civil service exam to receive a permanent appointment. In addition, these career service bands provide advancement or promotional opportunities for Judiciary employees. As a consequence, many of the job opportunities within these bands are offered to current employees before any applicant from a civil service list is considered. These bands cover the clerical, investigator and probation officer job titles. Individuals interested in entry level investigator or probation officer jobs should watch for announcements from the New Jersey State Department of Personnel or this website regarding the scheduling of those civil service exams. This information is available at New Jersey State Employment Offices through the ALEX (Automated Labor Exchange) system. You may also visit the Department of Personnel home page at www.state.nj.us/personnel. Classified jobs may, at times, be restricted to New Jersey State residents.

Clerical Assessment Program

All openings for entry-level support staff jobs are filled under the Clerical Assessment Program (CAP) of the New Jersey Department of Personnel (DOP). After taking this clerical examination, you will be considered, for a period of one year for any future clerical job openings for which you meet the requirements. These requirements may include residency, experience, special skills, job location preferences, minimum salary and test scores.

To register for the clerical exam you must be a resident of the United States. You must register by sending a postcard to the DOP. Information on where to send the postcard can be obtained through the DOP web site: www.state.nj.us/personnel or by calling DOP at (609) 292-4144. You may also obtain information by calling or writing the Hudson Vicinage EEO/AA unit.

Most entry-level clerical jobs in the court system require that you pass a typing test at 25 wpm or more. You will need to pass a typing test before you can be considered for a job vacancy. It is important to note that when you register for the clerical exam, you are not registering for one particular title or job location. You are registering to be on a state-wide civil service list. Be sure to indicate on your application that you are interested in working in Hudson County if you want to be eligible for a Hudson Vicinage vacancy.

Non-Classified Service

Many jobs in the courts, however, are not subject to civil service exams. These are "unclassified" positions. Jobs in the Administrative Professional, Information Technology, Court Interpreter, Legal, Official Court Reporter, Professional Supervisory, and Court Executive bands are unclassified. There are no residency requirements for unclassified positions. Jobs for which we usually recruit external applicants most often fall in the Administrative Professional, Professional Supervisory and Court Executive bands. Go to current vacancies for more information about job openings.

How To Apply For A Job With The New Jersey Courts

To apply for a job with the New Jersey Courts, send a resume with a cover letter to the address listed on the Job Vacancy Announcement or to the Human Resources Manager of the vicinage in which the vacancy occurs. Be sure to read the announcement carefully, including the minimum requirements for the job, so that you can ensure that your resume speaks to those requirements. Your resume should include dates and a description of your job duties for each position you’ve held. Finally, be sure to send your resume so that it arrives before the closing date noted on the job vacancy announcement. In the Hudson County vicinage late resumes are not considered if there is already an overwhelming response to a job posting.

Resume Bank

Job seekers are also encouraged to submit their resumes for inclusion in the Hudson Vicinage resume bank. Your resume will remain in the bank for up to six months. When a vacancy appropriate to your background occurs, you will be notified and given an opportunity to apply. To be included in the bank, send your resume to the Equal Employment Opportunity Affirmative Action officer, Pauline Daniels (see address below):

Who to Contact

For information on career opportunities with the Superior Court of New Jersey-Hudson County vicinage, contact:

Pauline D. Daniels
Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Officer
Superior Court of New Jersey
595 Newark Avenue, Room 408
Jersey City, New Jersey 07306
(201) 795-6610
Fax: 201.795.6603
E-mail: pauline.daniels@judiciary.state.nj.us
TTY Number: (201) 217-5404

Statewide Judiciary Employment Information,
Administrative Office of the Courts
Contact Bobby Battle, Chief EEO/AA Officer:
(609) 633-6537

NJ Department of Personnel Web Site for Information regarding vacancies and civil service exams:
http://www.state.nj.us/personnel

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