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For immediate release: October 2, 2012
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Municipal Court Videos Help Litigants Understand Court Process

Litigants headed to municipal court in New Jersey will find some additional help in the form of new videos that explain how the municipal court process works, said Judge Glenn A. Grant, acting administrative director of the courts.

The new videos include a caution for undocumented residents: pleading guilty to any offense, including parking, traffic or petty criminal matters, could lead to deportation under federal law.

“Our system of justice relies on an informed public,” said Judge Grant. ”We take very seriously our obligation to inform and educate the public about court procedures as well as the many programs and services we provide.”

Delivered by Municipal Court Presiding Judges Joan Robinson Gross and Edward H. Herman, the videorecorded “opening statements” include all of the information a municipal court judge delivers at the beginning of each court session. One video addresses litigants in parking and traffic matters, one addresses litigants in criminal cases, and one video addresses all litigants headed to municipal court.

Litigants can be prepared for court before they arrive by watching the videos on the New Jersey Courts’ YouTube channel at youtube.com/njcourts. The videos are an informative resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the municipal courts.

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