The State Bar Association and its division, sections and committees review court directives, Supreme Court committee reports and proposed court rules for general comment through its judicial administration program. The Judicial Administration Committee is actively involved in developing proposed reforms to the judicial system and the Committee’s judicial education efforts include annual participation at the New Jersey Judicial College.
In addition to the Judicial Administration Committee, three other groups regularly handle court-related issues. The Municipal Court Practice Section is engaged in enhancing professionalism in the municipal courts through identification of and recommendations for resolution of issues arising from the operations of, and practice in municipal courts. The Special Civil Part Committee identifies problems in the Special Civil Part and recommends a remedial course of action, including rule changes, alternative or complementary dispute resolution, and greater uniformity. The Equity Jurisprudence Committee provides programs designed to improve the skills of Association members when practicing before the general equity courts and facilitates interaction between the general equity judiciary and the Association.
The Judicial Administration Department provides a number of additional services to NJSBA members:
- develops programs and initiatives designed to make the State Bar an effective participant in the judicial administration process;
- acts as liaison with the judiciary on matters affecting lawyers, such as pending court rules, proposed Administrative Office of the Court (AOC) programs, directives and other actions;
- receives complaints regarding the court system, any of its components or employees;
- serves as a source of information regarding activities of the Supreme Court and the AOC;
- provides a contact point so that NJSBA members’ views can be communicated to the Board of Trustees; and
- acts as a liaison with county and specialty bar associations.