For immediate release: January 14, 2011
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Judiciary Offers Improved Customer Service through Website Enhancements
The New Jersey Judiciary has redesigned its website, njcourts.com, to give litigants, attorneys and the public better and more convenient access to online information and service, Judge Glenn A. Grant, acting administrative director of the courts, announced today.
The Judiciary website receives approximately 1 million views each month. The redesign will allow all of its users to find what they are looking for more quickly. Through the redesign, court information can be found under tabs across the top of the page and down the left side of the website.
Judge Grant said, “Many people have come to rely on our website to do business with the courts, to get information and to seek assistance. This redesign will improve our service to all of our court users. The site has been reorganized and streamlined to make it easier for court users to find what they are looking for on the site.”
A new feature of the redesigned website will be public access to the civil docket for cases pending in the civil courts throughout the state. The system will allow inquiry on civil, special civil, general equity and foreclosure cases. Users of the application will be able to look up cases by name or by docket number, a service previously available only through the public access terminals in the county courthouses and to attorneys registered for the Judiciary Electronic Filing and Imaging System (JEFIS).
“While public access to the civil docket has been available in courthouses in the counties since 2008, we are increasing the public’s access to this information by making it available over the Internet,” said Judge Grant.
The Judiciary website is a vital tool for court users. Drivers can pay parking and traffic tickets through a link to NJMCDirect, the statewide automated ticket payment system. Attorneys and litigants can read court opinions, check court calendars, and look up court contact information and driving directions to courthouses around the state. Students and members of the public can find information on the organization and procedures of the state court system, look up the Rules of Court, and read biographical information on judges and justices. Everyone can watch live video streaming of Supreme Court arguments.
The “Courts” tab includes links to the four levels of courts in New Jersey: the Supreme Court, the Appellate Division of Superior Court, the Superior Court in each county, the Tax Court, and the municipal courts.
The “General Information” tab includes links to contact information, driving directions, jury service and other items of interest to the general public.
The “Legal” tab includes links of utmost importance to attorneys, such as notices to the bar, attorney and judicial discipline information and JEFIS.
“News and Publications” includes links to press releases, newsletters and annual reports.
“Opinions” includes links to all court opinions, from the Supreme Court, the Appellate Division, the Tax Court, and some local court opinions such as business-related decisions.
The “Services” tab includes links to a variety of court programs such as complementary dispute resolution, the Veteran’s Assistance Project and the Ombudsman program.
Under the “Self-Help Center,” self-represented litigants will find a variety of forms and instructions to help them file their cases.
Additional links along the side of the page offer one-click access to essential links such as court overviews, ADA information, job opportunities and unscheduled court closings, which are often related to inclement weather.