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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 03/29/07
CONTACT:Barbara S. Straczynski
Director of Communications
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Resolution of the NJ State Bar Association Regarding the Conditions at the Warren County Courthouse

The Board of Trustees of the NJ State Bar Association approved the attached Resolution on February 23, 2007 that urges the county to take immediate steps to remedy deplorable conditions in court facilities.

RESOLUTION

A RESOLUTION OF THE NEW JERSEY STATE BAR ASSOCIATION REGARDING THE CONDITIONS AT THE WARREN COUNTY COURTHOUSE, AND CALLING UPON THE BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS TO TAKE PROMPT AND COMPREHENSIVE ACTION

WHEREAS, the Warren County Courthouse and facilities were constructed in or about 1825 and were last expanded and remodeled in or around 1960; and

WHEREAS, since 1960 the population of Warren County has grown from about 63,000 to over 110,000; and

WHEREAS, the caseload of the Superior Court and the workload of court related operations have grown dramatically over the decades leading to an increase in judges, staff and litigants; and

WHEREAS, a consultant hired by the Board of Chosen Freeholders concluded in 2002 that the court facilities in Warren County are inefficient, overcrowded, and lacking in adequate security; and

WHEREAS, the same consultant recommended improvements to the facilities and alternatives from expansion of the existing courthouse to construction of a new courthouse; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Chosen Freeholders has failed to act on any recommendation for comprehensive improvement of court facilities; and

WHEREAS, the court facilities in Warren County do not provide for adequate safety and security for the public, litigants, judges, employees, and attorneys, or

for facilities adequate for clients to meet with their attorneys; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Chosen Freeholders has failed in its obligation to the citizens of Warren County to provide facilities that are adequate to ensure the proper administration of justice in the county; and

WHEREAS, the Mission Statement of the New Jersey State Bar Association provides that the association shall seek to promote access to the justice system and fairness in its administration, as well as to promote and protect the professional interests of its members;

NOW THEREFORE, the New Jersey State Bar Association resolves as follows:

BE IT RESOLVED that the New Jersey State Bar Association calls upon the Board of Chosen Freeholders of Warren County, and all other governmental entities who may be responsible for court facilities in Warren County, to take steps immediately to provide the citizens of Warren County with safe, suitable, and healthful courtrooms and facilities that are necessary and appropriate for the proper administration of justice in Warren County, whether this be done by renovations to existing structures or construction of new court facilities.