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For immediate release: September 15, 2008
For further information contact: Trial Court Administrator's Office
Jude Del Preore or Donna Mazzanti
Superior Court of New Jersey
49 Rancocas Road
Mount Holly, New Jersey 08060
609-518-2510

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner to Preside Over Burlington Superior Court Citizen Naturalization Ceremony

MOUNT HOLLY - New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner will preside over a naturalization ceremony and administer the oath of citizenship to 30 foreign-born residents of Burlington County as part of the Burlington County Superior Court's Constitution Week celebration, announced Burlington County Assignment Judge Ronald E. Bookbinder.

The celebration will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 1 located in the County Office Building, 49 Rancocas Road, Mount Holly. The applicants for citizenship come from 18 different countries.

Constitution and Citizenship Day is celebrated nationally on Sept. 17, the date in 1787 when our Founding Fathers convened in Philadelphia to sign the final document that created "a more perfect Union" and still serves as the foundation of our nation's government.

Constitution Day was observed informally until President George W. Bush signed a law in 2004 designating Sept. 17 as Constitution Day nationwide. "Constitution Day allows us the opportunity to honor the visionary efforts of our ancestors who conceived and set forth the important principles that are the foundation of our country. Courts are created to preserve the rule of law and protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution," stated Judge Bookbinder.

In addition to the U.S. Constitution, the ceremony also will recognize New Jersey's Constitution of 1947. The New Jersey Supreme Court commenced under this modern day constitution on Sept. 15, 1948. This week marks the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court, a notable milestone in our state's legal history.

Rancocas Valley High School JROTC will open the ceremony by presenting the colors and Ms. Sandra Carver's 5th grade class from the Bobby's Run School in Lumberton will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and recite the Preamble to the Constitution. A member of the Willingboro Chapter of the New Jersey Orators will give an interpretive patriotic reading and immigration attorney Shereen Chen will offer comments to the new citizens. The Burlington County Clerk's Office will present voter registration forms and passport information to the new citizens.

In conjunction with Constitution Day, the Court is celebrating Juror Appreciation Week. Judge Bookbinder will launch the week's activities by signing and reading a Proclamation. The right to trial by jury is guaranteed by the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Jury duty is essential to the judicial system and the court depends on the citizens of Burlington County to serve as jurors. More than 10,000 county residents serve jury duty each year. Judge Bookbinder states, "Jury service is often the most direct participation a citizen can have in the administration of justice. We take this opportunity during Constitution Week to extend our gratitude to those who serve this county as jurors."

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