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For immediate release: Dec. 20, 2005
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Winnie Comfort or Tammy Kendig

New Jersey Judiciary Assists Louisiana Courts with Surplus Computer Equipment

The New Jersey Judiciary today is sending 120 laser printers to the Louisiana court system to help replace equipment destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, announced Judge Philip S. Carchman, acting administrative director of the courts.

"Like others around the country, we were looking for ways that we could help the citizens of the Gulf region, and we are pleased to be able to help out in this way," said Judge Carchman.

Ordinarily, surplus state property is disposed of through the New Jersey Department of the Treasury. In this case, Treasury has agreed to the Judiciary's request that these printers be sent to the Louisiana court system. The printers were used in courthouses around the state and are being replaced as part of a regular maintenance cycle.

Dr. Hugh Collins, judicial administrator for the Louisiana courts, expressed appreciation for the donated printers "Many of our staff and judges have been making do-or doing without-since the hurricane, so they are grateful for this donation," he said.

The printers will be distributed to court offices, judges' chambers, district attorneys, public defenders and other participants in the justice system in and around New Orleans. The Louisiana court system will pay for shipping costs.

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