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 EAST ORANGE MUNICIPAL COURT

      MISSION STATEMENT
We are an independent branch of government constitutionally entrusted with the fair and just resolution of disputes in order to preserve the rule of law and to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States and this State. Vision Statement We will be a court system, characterized by excellence, that strives to attain justice for the individual and society through the rule of law. We will: Provide equal access to a fair and effective system of justice for all without excess cost, inconvenience, or delay, with sensitivity to an increasingly diverse society. Offer complementary methods of dispute resolution while preserving the constitutional right to trial by an impartial judge or jury and ensuring compliance with the results achieved through effective enforcement of court orders. Provide quality service that continuously improves, that meets or exceeds public expectations, and that ensures that all are treated with courtesy, dignity, and respect. Maintain the independence of the Judiciary while strengthening relations with the public, the bar, and the other branches of government. Acknowledge and enhance the potential of every person in our organization to contribute to the administration of justice through participation, training, and technology. Share a sense of common identity and purpose as a statewide Judiciary. Earn the respect and confidence of an informed public.

VISION STATEMENT
We will be a court system, characterized by excellence that strives to attain justice for the individual and society through the rule of law. We will:

Provide equal access to a fair and effective system of justice for all without excess cost, inconvenience, or delay, with sensitivity to an increasingly diverse society.

    • Offer complementary methods of dispute resolution while preserving the constitutional right to trial by an impartial judge or jury and ensuring compliance with the results achieved through effective enforcement of court orders.
    • Provide quality service that continuously improves, that meets or exceeds public expectations, and that ensures that all are treated with courtesy, dignity, and respect.
    • Maintain the independence of the Judiciary while strengthening relations with the public, the bar, and the other branches of government.
    • Acknowledge and enhance the potential of every person in our organization to contribute to the administration of justice through participation, training, and technology.
    • Share a sense of common identity and purpose as a statewide Judiciary.
    • Earn the respect and confidence of an informed public.

STATEMENT OF CORE VALUES

Required to accomplish our mission are four paramount values representing the core of what we stand for as an organization:
Independence
Integrity
Fairness
Quality Service

 

* EAST ORANGE MUNICIPAL COURT – MOVING FORWARD TOWARD SUCCESS

The City of East Orange is steeped in rich history and the municipal court shares a part of that. In 1900 East Orange was the first Township in New Jersey to receive grant funds from the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to build a public library. The building, which now houses the municipal court opened in 1903 and its distinctive form still stands strong today. In 1975 the municipal court took up residence along with the Recreation Department whose newly appointed manager was famous American tennis champion Althea Gibson.

Over the years East Orange Municipal Court has evolved into one of the most progressive municipal courts in Essex. Back in the 1960’s, East Orange was the hub of data processing for many municipalities in the area. Municipal Court personnel operated the Electronic Data Processing (EDP) system to process traffic tickets, employee payrolls, tax bills, purchase order vouchers, student applications, report cards and attendance.

The court transitioned into the statewide Automated Traffic System (ATS) in 1989 and the Automated Complaint System (ACS) in 1994. The court has networked digital recording capabilities into three very active courtrooms and participated in the Parking Authority Ticketing Systems (PATS). PATS allows Parking Authority Officers to issue tickets electronically via a wireless, handheld system. Newer models of the PATS handheld are the size of PDA. The officers even carry small printers. Information from PATS is transmitted through wireless technology to ATS/ACS, eliminating initial data entry by court employees.

East Orange is one of the highest volume courts in Essex. Municipal Court Director Carol Hart stated, “I see the court continuing to move forward, achieving its goals and setting a higher standard for providing justice in Essex.” Ms. Hart was appointed as the new Director in 2002 and has already taken a number of actions that significantly reduced the court’s backlog statistics. Chief Judge Ernest R. Booker…, who has served in East Orange for 15 years stated, “I have witnessed the evolution of technological advances at the court. Our court has participated in various pilot programs under the auspices of the AOC, which has contributed to our overall efficiency. I am confident with the composition of our present staff and Judges and with the support of the City’s Administration our court will continue to excel.” Judges Sybil Elias, Karimu Hill-Harvey and John Watson complete the team and readily support the court’s aspirations.

Through teamwork, adaptability to change and progressive thinking the East Orange Municipal Court is moving forward toward success!

*Excerpt from ESSEX VICINAGE BRIEF a Newsletter of the Essex Vicinage Superior Court, June 2004, by Amy Chuck

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