For immediate release: April 12, 2011
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New Jersey Judiciary Lauds Volunteers during National Volunteer Week
April 10 through April 16
“I feel it’s an important role and it’s a positive addition to the court system.”
-John, Ocean County volunteer
The New Jersey Judiciary is observing National Volunteer Week by thanking the more than 4,000 volunteers who serve the courts and the public in a wide variety of court programs.
Judge Glenn A. Grant, acting administrator of the courts said, "Judiciary volunteers put their experience, their talent and their commitment to work helping us serve their neighbors through a wide range of programs. We are grateful for all that they do to improve our courts and our communities.”
The Volunteer Services page of the Judiciary website has been updated to showcase a number of volunteer programs. Throughout the week, the Judiciary will feature quotes from volunteers who have found enjoyment and a sense of accomplishment through their service in various programs. A link to a recent YouTube video highlighting the Judiciary’s volunteer programs can also be found on the revamped volunteer page.
The programs listed below are only a few of the many ways that trained volunteers provide essential services to the courts and to their communities.
Child Placement Review (CPR) Boards review cases of children who are placed outside their homes by the Division of Youth and Family Services.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): CASA volunteers are assigned to children in foster care due to abuse and neglect complaints filed by DYFS and make recommendations to judges in an effort to ensure safe, permanent homes for the children.
Juvenile Conference Committees (JCC): JCCs are panels of volunteers who hear and make recommendations to the court in matters involving juvenile offenders.
Municipal Court Mediation Program: Volunteers trained as mediators work in New Jersey’s municipal courts to resolve disputes outside the traditional means of litigation.
Courthouse Greeters: Volunteers help court visitors find their way around busy courthouses.