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Superior Court Judge Assumes Management Role in Newark Municipal Court

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For immediate release: Nov. 12, 2002

For information contact:
Collins Ijoma, Essex County Superior Court
973-693-6470
Pamela Goldstein, City of Newark
973-733-6368

Essex County Superior Court Assignment Judge Joseph A. Falcone, at the request of Newark Mayor Sharpe James, today announced that Superior Court Judge Glenn A. Grant will assume temporary management responsibilities for the City of Newark Municipal Courts. Judge Grant will begin his new duties tomorrow, Nov. 13.

The announcement follows a series of meetings between Newark Mayor James and a working group headed by former Essex County Assignment Judge Burrell Ives Humphreys. The working group has been studying ways to make improvements in the timeliness and efficiency of Court operations, particularly in the areas of data entry and customer service.

“Judge Grant is particularly well-suited to the critical task of managing the City of Newark Municipal Court system while the operational review is conducted and appropriate steps are taken to remedy problems identified. He has a unique combination of judicial experience and administrative expertise that will allow him to exert strong leadership,” said Judge Falcone.

“I am confident that with his leadership, we will see the improvements needed to help Newark make an improved Municipal Court a reality,” he added.

Mayor James offered high praise for Judge Grant, his former colleague. “Glenn Grant had an illustrious career with the City of Newark, as both corporation counsel and business administrator,” said Mayor James

“He is very familiar with the operation of the Newark Municipal Court and the problems it has faced in the past. During his tenure with the city, he was responsible for overseeing and implementing many of the technological advancements that have enabled Newark to enhance its delivery of services in several of our administrative departments. This knowledge will be invaluable as he appraises and oversees improvements in the delivery of services in our Municipal Court.

“We welcome him home, albeit temporarily, and look forward to working with him,” the Mayor said.

Judge Grant will begin his temporary assignment at first on a part-time basis while he concludes some matters in his current assignment in the Family Division of the Superior Court. He will assume a full-time role in managing the Municipal Court on Dec. 2. The duration of the temporary assignment will be reassessed as improvements to the Court are made.

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