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For immediate release: Oct. 25, 2005
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New Jersey Judiciary Wins Two Technology Awards

The New Jersey Judiciary has received two awards from the Center for Digital Government at their annual conference, today announced Judge Philip S. Carchman, acting administrative director of the courts. The Center for Digital Government is a national organization providing resources and support to government technology efforts.

"These awards are a well-deserved recognition of the Judiciary's efforts to use technology to improve the services we provide our citizens," said Judge Carchman. "I especially want to congratulate James R. Rebo, our chief information officer, and Robert W. Smith, our assistant director of municipal court services, for overseeing both of these projects," he added.

NJMCDirect, the Judiciary's online ticket payment service, won in the Best Application Serving the Public category. The Web site allows citizens to access court information and satisfy moving and parking tickets issued in New Jersey. Online ticket payment is a fast and convenient way for citizens to pay their tickets and have court records and motor vehicle records updated immediately. Currently, about 75,000 transactions, totaling $4 million per month, are processed through the site.

The Judiciary's new Electronic Complaint Processing System, which is used to produce electronic criminal complaints online, won in the Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations category. Designed to be the nation's first statewide system for filing criminal complaints over the Internet, the system was developed with the New Jersey State Police and other law enforcement agencies. Law enforcement personnel can use the system to generate an electronic complaint form that is shared immediately with the courts, prosecutors, correction agencies and other participants in the criminal justice system. The electronic complaint system helps ensure the timely filing of criminal complaints, improves the reliability of criminal data and streamlines the sharing of information among agencies.

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