"People come to our courts to seek justice… While litigants have every right to walk out of our courts thinking that the decision reached was not the right one – and we know that as many as 50 percent do – we hope that when they walk out, they believe they have been treated by a process that handled the matter fairly, and that they have been part of a process that applies justice well..."Chief Justice Stuart Rabner
The New Jersey Judiciary is dedicated to the principles and goals of fairness, equality, courtesy, and respect for all individuals. These are the cornerstones of activities and operations in the court system and embody the Judiciary's commitment to equality under the rule of law and fairness in the administration of justice. These principles of fairness and equality of opportunity apply to employees, applicants for employment, volunteers, and other members of the public who may come into contact with the court system.
The Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns oversees the implementation of court-approved recommendations designed to "rid the court of all vestiges of bias and discrimination." To assist the standing committee, the court created advisory committees in each of the state's 15 vicinages to work with the standing Supreme Court committee, vicinage leaders, and other vicinage advisory committees.
The Supreme Court Task Force on Women in the Courts investigates the nature and extent of systemic gender bias in the court system and makes recommendations to the Supreme Court on the subject of gender bias to help ensure fair treatment for women in the courts.
New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner established the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Access and Fairness to guide the Judiciary in adapting to current and future demands placed on the courts due to the evolving societal climate. The committee focus is on how to best administer justice in the face of challenges such us the continued increase in the number of self-represented litigants, the growing multicultural population in New Jersey, the economic pressures applied to litigants and to the courts, and the need to treat each case and each litigant with dignity and respect.
The Judiciary Advisory Committee on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance is an advisory committee that recommends to the chief justice goals, policies, practices and procedures to be followed by the Judiciary to comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and related laws. The needs of the elderly in using the court system also are to be considered by the committee.