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State's Judiciary to Review Newark Municipal Court Operations

For immediate release: October 21, 2002
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Winnie Comfort, AOC
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At the request of Newark Mayor Sharpe James, New Jersey's Judiciary will conduct a comprehensive review of the operations of the City of Newark Municipal Court, announced Judge Richard J. Williams, administrative director of the courts.

"In a meeting last week, Mayor James asked for the Judiciary's assistance in conducting a complete review of operations of the City's Courts in order to remedy problems recently identified, particularly in the areas of data entry and customer service," said Judge Williams.

The Mayor reiterated the request in a letter to Judge Williams: "We would welcome such a task force to assist us in achieving our shared goal of strengthening the delivery of services in the Municipal Court," said Mayor James.

"I appreciate Mayor James' cooperation and his concern for building a strong Municipal Court in the City of Newark," responded Judge Williams.

To address the Mayor's request, Judge Williams is forming a working group and charging them to provide recommendations for improvements as expeditiously as possible. Further, he will ask to be advised of any interim improvements that can be put into place while the group continues its work.

Leading the working group will be former Essex County Assignment Judge Burrell Ives Humphreys. Essex County Superior Court Judge Glenn Grant, a former Newark business administrator and Essex Vicinage Municipal Division Manager Sonya Noyes will assist him. Technical assistance will be provided by the state's Municipal Court Services Division's automation unit chief Robert Smith; field training unit supervisor Debra Jenkins and administrative specialist Steven Somogyi.

Joining the representatives of the state's Judiciary on the working group will be Newark City Business Administrator Richard A. Monteilh.

"This group includes some of the most dedicated and knowledgeable people on court operations the state has to offer. I am confident that with their assessment and recommendations, and with the commitment of the City of Newark, we can offer a blueprint to help Newark make an improved Municipal Court a reality," said Judge Williams.

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