New Ombudsmen Appointed in Mercer, Union Vicinages
Gina Goldstein has been named ombudsman in Mercer Vicinage, and Linda Wiggins is the new ombudsman in Union Vicinage.
The ombudsman is a neutral staff person who answers questions, addresses concerns from the public and is responsible for enhancing customer service in the courts.
Although the ombudsman is unable to provide legal advice - because court staff must be neutral and impartial - the ombudsman can help guide court users through the system with as much ease as possible.
Goldstein succeeds Judith Irizarry, who is now the vicinage assistant civil division manager.
Goldstein has worked in Mercer Vicinage for four years and most recently managed special projects for Trial Court Administrator Sue Regan, a role she will continue.
Prior to working for the Judiciary, Goldstein was a packaging engineer/quality control manager for several pharmaceutical, beauty care and wine and spirit companies.
A native of Montreal, Goldstein lives in Voorhees with her husband and son.
Wiggins began her career in the Judiciary in 2004 in the criminal division in Monmouth Vicinage. She joined the Office of the Trial Court Administrator in Union Vicinage in 2006.
Wiggins recently served as the project manager for the development and implementation of the new digital telephone system for the vicinage and assisted outgoing ombudsman Leslie Santora to establish a new self-help center to address the high volume of self-represented litigants who seek assistance.
“Linda is an invaluable asset to our vicinage and a terrific resource for court users seeking information and assistance,” Trial Court Administrator Elizabeth Domingo said. “Her excellent organizational and customer service skills make her the ideal candidate for the job.”
Wiggins worked for six years as a manager of client services for a large public university. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Rutgers University and is working on her certified public accounting license.
“Growing up in an inner city environment, I know the challenges of limited means and information,” Wiggins said. “I am very honored to serve the public and enhance access to the courts.”
Wiggins resides in Somerset with her husband and son.