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For immediate release: January 24, 2011
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Winnie Comfort or Tammy Kendig

Judiciary Video Encourages New Jersey Residents to Volunteer with the Court System

The New Jersey Judiciary has posted a new video on YouTube that highlights opportunities for New Jersey residents to serve their communities as court volunteers.

"Volunteers are vital to our court system," says Chief Justice Stuart Rabner in the introduction of the video. "Without them, it would be difficult for us to deliver the quality service the public expects and deserves."

More than 4,000 volunteers serve the public through their volunteer work with the New Jersey Courts. They play a critical role in helping the court system resolve more than 7 million cases each year.

The 10-minute video includes several interviews with court volunteers who discuss the joys and benefits of their volunteer work. Volunteers report enjoyment in meeting and working with others, learning new information and developing new skills, meeting and helping members of their communities, and enjoying the feeling of doing something for others.

Volunteers are needed to
  • Advocate for children in foster care;
  • Help juveniles avoid delinquency;
  • Mediate neighborhood disputes;
  • Mentor or tutor probationers, including youth on probation; and to
  • Work as courthouse greeters who answer questions and direct court users to their destinations.

All volunteers are screened, and they must agree to abide by the Code of Conduct for Judiciary Volunteers. They also receive ongoing training to help them with their important work.

The video can be accessed through the YouTube link on the Judiciary website, judiciary.state.nj.us. Persons interested in volunteering can find information at judiciary.state.nj.us/volunteer.

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