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For immediate release: April 30, 2012
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Winnie Comfort
Tammy Kendig

Law Day Celebration to Be Held at R.J. Hughes Justice Complex

The Judiciary will celebrate Law Day in May, with a number of events at the R.J. Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton and in courthouses around the state.

Videotaped remarks by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner marking the occasion can be viewed beginning Monday, April 30 on the Judiciary website, judiciary.state.nj.us. In his remarks, Chief Justice Rabner discusses the important role the courts play in a democracy.

“Our laws and courts are critical to maintaining individual freedom, and our theme this year -- Courts, Justice, Freedom -- is a simple reminder of the role that courts have in protecting the liberties we enjoy as Americans,” he said.

Vicinages around the state have scheduled Law Day events throughout May. The list of statewide Law Day activities can be found at judiciary.state.nj.us.

In addition to vicinage events, a Law Day celebration will be held at the Justice Complex on Friday, May 4. The event will be co-hosted by the Judiciary, the Department of Law and Public Safety and the Office of the Public Defender. Information on the program is available at www.nj.gov/lawday.

Judge Glenn A. Grant, acting administrative director of the courts, will officiate at a naturalization ceremony for 50 new citizens at 10 a.m. in the lobby of the Justice Complex.

At 11:30 a.m., Assistant Attorney General Howard J. McCoach will present awards to the winners of the New Jersey Bar Association’s YouTube video contest for middle and high school students. He also will preside over a mock trial with participants from the Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC).

“Law Day presents the perfect opportunity to teach our youth about the importance of being a nation of laws, not men,” he said. “We are very fortunate in this country to have so many freedoms guaranteed to us in our founding documents, and we need to help our kids understand and appreciate that gift.”

New Jersey Public Defender Joseph E. Krakora will speak to the youth about the differences between the juvenile and adult justice systems. 

Publc Defender Krakora said, "One of the most important features of our legal system is that all people accused of crimes are entitled to legal representation. Law Day is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the many rights and freedoms that we enjoy as Americans."

Reporters and photographers who want to attend the naturalization ceremony or the awards ceremony should call the Judiciary press office at 609-292-9580 to make arrangements. 

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Residents from the JJC will attend the naturalization ceremony and the lecture.  New Jersey law protects the confidentiality of juveniles placed with the JJC (N.J.S.A. 2A:4A-60).  Reporters and photographers cannot photograph or interview JJC participants.

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