A message from Glenn A. Grant, acting administrative director of the courts.
Fall is a time of new beginnings. Throughout New Jersey, students are facing the challenges of new classes, and in many cases, attending new schools and meeting new friends.
Colder weather is on the horizon. And the New York Giants, the New York Jets and the Philadelphia Eagles are on the verge of new seasons, fresh with hope that each victory will bring them one step closer to a Super Bowl championship.
Fall also is a time of new beginnings for our court system.
The court year officially began on July 1, but some courthouses mark the new year in September with celebrations, acknowledging the accomplishments of past members of the legal profession and Judiciary and recognizing the importance and integrity of our legal system.
The Opening of the Courts ceremony is a tradition that began when the court would recess in the summer and reopen in September. Although the courts no longer close for the summer due to larger caseloads, the tradition of celebrating the opening of court has been renewed in Burlington County, Cumberland County, Gloucester County and Mercer County.
The Supreme Court and appellate courts begin new terms this month as well. Last year, the Supreme Court opened its term with a nod to the past. Before hearing the first case on the docket, the justices paused for a ceremony honoring the 60th anniversary of the modern court.
While the start of the court year is fitting time to look back on our accomplishments, it’s also an occasion to look forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead.