For immediate release: August 25, 2008
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New Jersey Judiciary Releases Annual Report
The New Jersey Judiciary today announced the release of its 2008 report, covering the court years 2007 through 2008.
In his introductory letter, Chief Justice Rabner writes, "As you read about the many successes achieved during the past two years, please keep in mind that while justice remains a fixed star, our system of justice is a work in progress. We constantly seek to develop new programs, to improve our service, and to find better ways of doing business."
In his introduction to the report, Judge Philip Carchman, acting administrative director of the courts, highlights the efforts the Judiciary has made to ensure equal access to justice by, for example, ensuring statewide consistency in case management, expanding innovative programs and services to every vicinage, providing online access to a wide variety of resources, participating in a pilot program aimed at reducing detention for juveniles, and creating a Supreme Court committees to address the issue of public access to court records.
The report includes a retrospective on the leadership of Chief Justice James R. Zazzali, who retired in 2007, and it details a number of court programs and milestones, including the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns, various leadership changes in the vicinages and at the Administrative Office of the Courts, and the highly successful drug court program, which received a national award in 2008.
The report can be found online at http://www.njcourtsonline.com.