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For immediate release: February 24, 2005
For further information contact:
Jude Del Preore, Trial Court Administrator
Superior Court of New Jersey, Burlington Vicinage

Burlington County Court Jump Starts Minority Concerns Initiative

Burlington County Assignment Judge John A. Sweeney today named Superior Court Judge Karen L. Suter as the chair of the Burlington County Court Minority Concerns Committee. Members of the bar, local community leaders and representatives from area businesses are invited to join the committee.

The Minority Concerns Committee will make recommendations to the assignment judge regarding a number of important issues, such as ensuring equal access to court programs and services for minority groups, disabled citizens and others; coordinating with local school districts on Law Day activities and other educational opportunities for students; working with local juvenile justice officials on programs and policies for youth offenders; establishing better communication with the community; developing an ombudsman program within the vicinage; expanding minority job recruitment efforts in the courts; and creating educational opportunities to help court staff work together in a diverse atmosphere.

"We hope to assemble a corps of dedicated leaders who will commit to helping us improve the quality of justice for the citizens of Burlington County," said Judge Sweeney. "We look forward to working with our community to ensure equal access and equal justice for all."

Judge Suter said, "I thank Judge Sweeney for appointing me to lead this critical initiative.

"Our courts must maintain the trust and confidence of an informed citizenry," said Judge Suter. "I am committed to working with the citizen volunteers to build that trust."

Community and business leaders interested in joining the committee or looking for additional information should call the court administrator's office at 609-518-2510.

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