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For immediate release: August 30, 2007
For further information contact: Winnie Comfort, Tamara Kendig
609-292-9580

Media Advisory

Argument before the Appellate Court in Bear Hunt Cases

The Appellate Division of Superior Court will hear oral argument in two matters related to bear hunting in New Jersey. New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance et al v. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and NJ State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Inc.et al v. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will be heard on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 11 a.m. in the appellate courtroom on the 5th floor of the Hughes Justice Complex, 25 Market St., Trenton. Appellate Division Judges Edwin H. Stern, Donald G. Collester Jr. and Jack M. Sabatino will hear the appeals.

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.

Allow time for passing through security in the Justice Complex lobby. Photo ID must be shown. Call the Judiciary communications office at 609-292-9580 to reserve a seat.

News organizations must make arrangements for still or video cameras in the courtroom through the communications office, 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.

The Appellate Division of Superior Court is the state's intermediate appellate court. It receives appeals from the trial courts, the Tax Court, and the state's administrative agencies, and also may consider interlocutory motions from cases pending in these venues. The 36 sitting judges in the Appellate Division serve in one of eight parts, with the senior judge in each part serving as the presiding judge who manages the workflow. The division receives approximately 7,000 appeals each year.

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