Morris/Sussex Vicinage

Main Phone Number: (973) 656-4000
Assignment Judge: Stuart A. Minkowitz (973) 656-4030
Trial Court Administrator: Rashad Shabaka-Burns (973) 656-3999
Assistant Trial Court Administrator: Thomas R. Jindracek (973) 579-0738
Morris/Sussex Vicinage
Sussex Courthouse
Morris County Courthouse
Washington & Court Streets
Morristown, NJ 07960-0910
(973) 656-4000
Hours: M - F 8:30 a.m. to 4:30.m.
Sussex County Judicial Center
43-47 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
(973) 579-0675
Hours: M - F 8:30 a.m. to 4:30.m.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Superior Court in the Morris and Sussex Vicinage is to serve the people of our two counties by providing a system for the just, orderly, and non-violent resolution of disputes. People bring an enormous range of problems before the court. We handle all sorts of criminal cases from murder to petty offenses. We determine people's property rights. We define the limits of government's power. We deal with the most intimate and important concerns of personal and family relationships. When people are injured by wrongful conduct, we try to give them a fair remedy. Although we cannot and should not give every person the decision sought, we can and should treat every person involved in our court system with fairness, respect and dignity. We want all who enter our courthouse to leave it feeling they have been treated decently.

Meeting the Mission

Traditional notions of dispute resolution include adjudication and diversion. Adjudication involves going before a court of law presided over by a Judge and/or jury where a determination is made. Diversion applies to any program that diverts cases from the traditional adjudication process in which a settlement is explored. In New Jersey, such diversionary programs are collectively known as Complementary Dispute Resolution (CDR) programs. The adjudication and diversion of cases are carried out in four main divisions within the Superior Court, depending on the action involved. They are

The mission of the Superior Court extends beyond settling disputes via trials and diversion. Several other office are included in the administration of justice, namely the Surrogate’s Office, Probation Services Division, Municipal Court Division, and General Support Services Units.

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