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Bergen Vicinage Presiding Judges Teach Adult Students about the Courts

The presiding judges in Bergen Vicinage presented a special program at Bergen Community College for adult students age 55 and older. 

The program, “What We Should Know About Our Courts,” was organized in conjunction with BCC’s Institute for Learning in Retirement. 

The course was divided into six sessions held on Friday afternoons. Students were encouraged to ask questions as they learned about case management from the presiding judges, who were accompanied by the respective division managers.

The six-week program began with an overview of the New Jersey Judiciary, presented by Assignment Judge Peter E. Doyne and Jon Goodman, trial court administrator.  Subsequent sessions included criminal case management and Drug Court programs; civil, special civil part, landlord/tenant, and mass tort case processing; Family Court and its partnership with outside agencies to assist families in need; an overview of chancery, general equity and probate; and a session devoted to Municipal Court.

At the conclusion of the course, participants were invited to attend the Law Day ceremony at the Bergen County Courthouse on May 1.  They were also were offered a tour of the courthouse.

“The judges, managers, and administrative office of the Bergen County Superior Court strive to educate the public about the courts and enhance their trust and confidence in our justice system,” said Jennifer Shultis, Bergen Vicinage ombudsman. “We enjoyed partnering with Dean (Lois) Marshall to bring such a valuable series of classes to the Bergen community and plan to do so again in the future.”

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