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For immediate release: March 9, 2006
For further information contact: Winnie Comfort or Tammy Kendig

New Jersey Judiciary Making a Difference: Two-year Report Details Improvements in New Jersey Courts

The New Jersey Judiciary today announced the release of its 2004-2005 Report covering the period from July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2005. The report also commemorates the 10th anniversary of the unification of New Jersey's courts into a statewide, state-funded system.

In her introduction to the report, New Jersey Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz recalls the unification of the courts as a 10-year process of organizing New Jersey's 15 vicinages into a single statewide system with equitable funding and staffing and standardized programs and procedures. "We can move ahead with innovations that will improve the quality of justice for the people of New Jersey in ways that would be impossible if we were still divided," she said.

The report is structured around the theme "making a difference." Judge Philip S. Carchman, acting administrative director of the courts, said, "This year's report emphasizes statewide achievements in areas such as reducing the backlog of old cases, upgrading information technology systems and databases to better serve the public, strengthening education and training programs for judges and staff, and increasing the public's access to court programs and services."

In his introductory letter to the report, Judge Carchman credits Judiciary staff for making a difference in their various roles: "Whether processing clerical work, counseling probationers, or managing a courtroom, Judiciary personnel have devoted themselves to fairness, to integrity, and to service, all in the interest of ensuring that justice is achieved . . . . This report salutes and honors Judiciary staff-the people who make a difference," he said.

The report is available online at njcourtsonline.com.

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