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For immediate release: Feb. 26, 2003
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The New Jersey Judiciary today announced the release of its 2002 Annual Report. Covering the period from July 1, 2001, through June 30, 2002, the report is available on the Judiciary Web site at www.njcourtsonline.com.

“This year’s Annual Report reflects the Judiciary’s understanding of its responsibilities in a changing world,” says New Jersey Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz in her introduction to the report. “Meeting our constitutional obligation to fairly and peacefully resolve disputes and protect the rights and liberties of our citizens is essential for a free and just society,” she adds.

Structured around the theme “quality justice,” this year’s report highlights more consistency in judicial services statewide, an increasingly current caseload, and a focus on technology. “In today’s rapidly changing environment, what is good about the quality of our work today may not be good enough to meet the needs and expectations of tomorrow,” says Judge Richard J. Williams, administrative director of the courts, in his opening letter. “We understand that if we are truly concerned about the quality of justice, then we must necessarily be continuously concerned about how to improve the quality of justice.”

Judge Williams points out that more than one million disputes were resolved by the Superior, Tax, Appellate and Supreme Courts, and another six million were resolved by the state’s Municipal Courts. “This report . . . reflects the dedication and hard work of all of our judges, administrators, professional and clerical staff and volunteers. We are proud to share our sense of achievement with you,” he adds.

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