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For immediate release: October 25, 2006
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New Jersey Judiciary Releases Annual Report

The New Jersey Judiciary today announced the release of its 2006 annual report, covering the period July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006. The report also includes a retrospective look at the courts' achievements under the leadership of Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz. Chief Justice Poritz will retire on Wednesday.

In her introductory letter, the chief justice writes, "I am proud of all that we have accomplished in the past ten years. Judges, managers and staff, together, we have worked toward a common goal -- providing a fair and efficient justice system for the people of New Jersey."

In his introduction to the report, Judge Philip Carchman, acting administrative director of the courts, enumerates the administrative accomplishments of the chief justice, including the unification of the Judiciary into a single statewide court system with equitable funding, staffing and resources as well as a comprehensive set of programs and procedures that guide the resolution of cases in each practice area. In addition, the report includes an overview of some of the most noteworthy opinions of the Supreme Court authored by the chief justice.

The report offers details on various court programs and milestones, including the drug court program, which reached its tenth anniversary in New Jersey. Other areas highlighted are new technologies such as electronic filing, expanded options for litigants to resolve their disputes outside of court, and greater standardization of court services to improve efficiency and service around the state.

The report can be found online at njcourtsonline.com.

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