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Media Advisory: Changes in Distribution of Information to the Media: Courts Moving to Web-based System

For further information contact:
Winnie Comfort
For release: July 18, 2001
(609) 292-9580

In a continuing effort to improve services to New Jersey citizens who need information about the Courts, the Administrative Office of Courts posts newly released opinions of the Supreme Court and notices of upcoming opinions from both the Supreme Court and the Appellate Division by 10:15 a.m. daily on the Judiciary's web site, www.judiciary.state.nj.us. The daily notices can be found on the Judiciary's home page under the heading, "News and Notices." The opinions are under the heading, "Legal Reference Desk - Current Supreme Court Opinions."

The daily posting of this information makes redundant the morning distribution of faxed and hand-delivered copies to the media. Therefore, beginning Monday, July 23, we no longer will fax or deliver to newsrooms the notices of upcoming opinions and new Supreme Court opinions except by special request from news organizations that do not have Internet access.

The public affairs office will continue to alert the media and update the web site on late-breaking notices or opinions that are not available for the morning posting.

Published opinions from the Appellate Division generally are available on the Judiciary web site by 2 p.m. each day. However, because that time is late for news organizations to receive volumes of information on a routine basis, we will continue the current morning distribution system for published and unpublished (not precedent setting) Appellate Division opinions.

The Judiciary web site is updated daily and contains more than 5,000 well-organized files of information about New Jersey's courts. Highlights include packets for citizens who want to represent themselves in court; the complete text of "Rules Governing the Courts of New Jersey;" information about Superior Courts around the state, including driving directions; a searchable civil motion calendar; employment opportunities with the courts; and information for citizens who have been called for jury duty. In addition to a menu with links to various sections of the web site, the home page contains a searchable "quick site index" to facilitate finding specific information. More than 4,000 visitors access the web site each day.

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