For immediate release: July 28, 2003
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Tammy Kendig, AOC
New Jersey Judiciary Web Site Receives World Class Ranking
A recent study ranked the New Jersey Judiciary Web site (www.njcourtsonline.com) as one of the ten best court-related Web sites in the world.
For its annual ranking, the firm Justice Served examined more than 900 Web sites worldwide. The New Jersey Judiciary Web site ranked first among all state judiciary Web sites and fourth internationally.
All of the Web sites were evaluated using several criteria, including design, ease of navigation, and the ability of the public to conduct court business online, including filling out forms and making payments. Of the New Jersey site, which was ranked fourth on the list, the firm stated, "New Jersey has it all, including e-filing, statewide traffic index and online payment, statewide civil calendar index, online opinions and a mass tort information center."
Judge Richard J. Williams, administrative director of the courts, expressed pride in the Judiciary's Web site. "Our staff has worked hard to develop our extensive Web site into a world-class resource for those seeking information from or doing business with our courts. We are delighted to be recognized on an international level."
According to Assistant Director of Communications Toni McLaughlin, who is the Judiciary's Webmaster, many ideas for upgrading the site have come from comments emailed to the Web team. One example is a search tool that allows users to search the Civil Motion Calendar by judge. Convenient links to instructions for conducting research and initiating court cases on-line also have been added to assist site visitors.
"We are always looking for ways to make our Web site accessible and helpful to the general user, as well as attorneys and others who regularly conduct business with us," she said.
The New Jersey Judiciary Web site was ranked first among New Jersey state government Web sites by the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University in 2002. It also was named one of the Top Ten Court Web sites by the National Center for State Courts Court Technology Conference in 2001.