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For immediate release: Dec. 27, 2005
For further information contact: Winnie Comfort -- 609-292-9580

MEDIA ALERT
Supreme Court Oral Arguments in Williams v. State of New Jersey
(separation of powers issue)

The Supreme Court is tentatively scheduled to hear oral argument on Wed., Jan. 4, 2006, at 10 a.m. in the matter of A-129/130-04, Williams v. State of New Jersey. (Is N.J.S.A. 2B:10A-1 to -3, which establishes a "Probation Officer Community Safety Unit" within the Judiciary composed of probation officers who are authorized to carry firearms and to enforce the criminal laws of the State, void as an unconstitutional violation of the separation-of-powers clause of the state Constitution?)

The final schedule of cases to be heard will be posted on the Judiciary's Web site at njcourtsonline.com. Go to "Calendars and Schedules" under the "Information Desk" banner on the left on the homepage. Oral argument will be heard in the Supreme Court courtroom on the eighth floor, Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex, 25 Market St., Trenton.

Seating for the media is limited and will be reserved in the order requests are received. Only one seat will be reserved for each news organization. Reporters and photographers must wear press credentials to be admitted to the reserved seating area. Reporters should be seated by 9:45 a.m. At 9:55, unused reserved seats will be given to reporters on a waiting list.

Call the Judiciary communications office at 609-292-9580 to reserve a seat.

News organizations must make arrangements in advance for still or video cameras in the courtroom, according to the Supreme Court guidelines. If demand for space is high, photographers will use a pooling arrangement. The communications office will provide further information on pooling when photographers call for reservations.

Allow time for passing through security in the RJH Justice Complex lobby. Photo ID must be shown

Supreme Court oral arguments may be viewed on the Judiciary Web site. Look for the "Webcast" icon.

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