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For immediate release: April 24, 2008
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Middlesex Vicinage Criminal Law Exhibit Opening on April 28

The Middlesex Vicinage of the New Jersey Superior Court will celebrate the opening of a new exhibit from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 28 on the 5th floor of the Middlesex County Courthouse, Assignment Judge Travis L. Francis announced today.

The Criminal Law Project is the result of a collaborative effort by the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and the Middlesex Vicinage Courthouse Advisory Committee. The exhibit was funded by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and the Middlesex County Bar Foundation.

Opening remarks will be delivered by Judge Francis. Additional remarks will be given by Appellate Division Judge Amy Piro Chambers, chair of the Middlesex Vicinage Courthouse Advisory Committee, and Superior Court Judge Deborah J. Venezia, who supervised the project.

Students at Mason Gross used text and graphics to depict the progression of a criminal case from the filing of a complaint through resolution of the case. The exhibit includes descriptions of each participant in a trial, with the images color-coded to match the text, as well as explanations regarding legal rights that may be relevant to a criminal case. A map identifies the location of courthouses in the state's 21 counties as well as the Appellate Division of the Superior Court and the Supreme Court.

The written material for the exhibit was prepared by Middlesex Bar Association member Roberta Glassner. The design phase was begun in the fall of 2006 and was completed in January.

"It has been a joy and an honor to work with the students, faculty, court staff and judges involved in this project," said Judge Venezia. "We are pleased with the results and proud to show this exhibit off to the community."

The exhibit is the fifth project undertaken by the Committee. Earlier exhibits include the New Brunswick Exhibit on the first floor of the courthouse, which was funded by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission; the Arbitration Area redesign and conference room images on the first floor, created by students of the Mason Gross School; the 1947 New Jersey State Constitution Exhibit on the third floor by students of the Mason Gross School, which was funded by the Middlesex County Bar Foundation; and the Perth Amboy Exhibit on the second floor, which was funded by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

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