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Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Anti-discrimination Policies and Procedures

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 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Judiciary have a written policy on Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Anti-Discrimination?

Yes. Click here to read the Judiciary's Policy Statement. Click here to read the Judiciary's Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Master Plan.

What can I do if I believe I have been subjected to discriminatory treatment, in violation of the Judiciary's policy on Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Anti-Discrimination?

Persons alleging discriminatory treatment may file a formal complaint with the Judiciary, using the complaint form provided here (in Acrobat PDF format).This complaint form may be filled out on your computer, printed, and mailed to the appropriate Judiciary office.

Where do I send my completed complaint form?

For matters involving the Administrative Office of the Courts or the Central Clerks' Offices (i.e., the Superior Court Clerk, Tax Court Clerk, Clerk of the Appellate Division, or Clerk of the Supreme Court) the completed complaint form should be forwarded to:

Tonya Hopson, Chief, Judiciary EEO/AA Officer
Administrative Office of the Courts
Hughes Justice Complex 25 W. Market Street – PO Box 037
EEO/AA Unit, 3rd Fl., North Wing
Trenton, NJ 08625
(609) 633-6537

If the alleged unfair treatment occurred in the vicinage/county, the completed form should be forwarded to the local Vicinage EEO/AA Officer for handling.

How will my complaint be handled?

An investigator will be assigned to conduct an investigation into the complaint and submit a formal report, which will include findings and recommendations based on the facts uncovered in the investigation. For matters involving the Administrative Office of the Courts or Central Clerks'’ Offices, the report will be provided to the Administrative Director of the Courts, who will issue a determination regarding the complaint. For matters involving the vicinages, the report will be given to the Assignment Judge for a determination.

Click here to view the EEO Complaint Procedures Manual.

Whom can I call if I have other questions?

If you have questions about Fair Treatment, click here for a list of contacts in your county/vicinage.

If you have questions about the anti-discrimination complaint process, please contact either the Vicinage EEO/AA Officer or the Central Office EEO/AA Unit at (609) 633-6537.

For additional information on the Judiciary's Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action policies and procedures, please contact either the Affirmative Action Officer or the Vicinage EEO/AA Officer.

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