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Governor Corzine to Reaffirm Hughes Compact with State Bar at New Jersey Law Center Ceremony

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–At a ceremony today, Governor Jon S. Corzine will sign the “Hughes Compact” with the New Jersey State Bar Association, reaffirming the independent and non-partisan evaluation of the qualifications of judges and prosecutors provided by the NJSBA to the Governor for over 30 years.

“Our governors have considered the appointment of judges and prosecutors one of their most important tasks, and over the years the care shown in making such appointments has helped ensure the continued strength and vitality of New Jersey’s justice system,” says NJSBA President Stuart A. Hoberman.

This will be a great day for the people of New Jersey, as well as for the State Bar Association, because the Governor has agreed to reaffirm this historic agreement.”

In 1969, Governor Richard Hughes was the first governor to enter into the Compact at the request of the State Bar Association. Since that time, hundreds of judges and prosecutors have had their qualifications reviewed by the NJSBA Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee (JPAC) as part of a confidential process.

“It is of great importance that Governors scrutinize the women and men who seek to be judges and prosecutors. I am proud that the New Jersey State Bar Association has assisted eight Governors in this most important process,” adds President Hoberman.

The reaffirmation ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. in Room 270 at the New Jersey Law Center on Monday, May 18. The media contact for the event is Barbara S. Straczynski at 732-937-7524,

The New Jersey State Bar Association, incorporated in 1899, is dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers and the public, to reforming and improving the legal system and to aiding in the administration of justice.