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For immediate release: April 30, 2007
For further information contact: Winnie Comfort or Tammy Kendig

Tuesday is Law Day

On Tuesday, May 1, judges, attorneys, students and citizens around the state and across the nation will participate in Law Day events celebrating the American legal system. The national theme of this year's Law Day is "Liberty Under Law: Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy."

Videotaped remarks by Chief Justice James R. Zazzali marking the occasion of Law Day can be viewed beginning Tuesday, May 1 on njcourtsonline.com; they will be available on the site for the entire month.

In his remarks, Chief Justice Zazzali emphasizes the importance of empowering youth in order to maintain a democratic society. Chief Justice Zazzali addresses young people: "I commend your commitment to learning more about our legal system and your role in it. I hope you will continue to stay involved by learning about your government, by devoting yourself to your community, and by working to make a difference in the lives of others who will one day depend on your leadership and commitment. I believe that our democracy is, and will be, in very good hands."

Chief Justice Zazzali expresses the need to protect children in the court, whether they are the victims or the offenders. He stresses keeping our youth informed and empowered so they can reach their full potential. Chief Justice Zazzali also notes that the New Jersey court system pays special attention to cases dealing with children and takes care to expedite the process for the children while trying to protect them from danger.

First established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, Law Day is celebrated nationwide as an opportunity to recognize and reflect on the role that our legal system plays in upholding our democratic values. Although May 1 is the official date of Law Day, many vicinages in New Jersey have scheduled events throughout the month of May, including essay, poster and mock trial contests for children, awards and citizenship ceremonies, tours and community education opportunities. A complete calendar of Law Day events in New Jersey may be found here.

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