Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns

Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex, 25 W. Market St., PO Box 037, Trenton, NJ 08625-0037
Phone: 609-815-2900 ext. 52364 or 52365
Fax: 609-394-0182

Yolande P. Marlow, Manager and staff to the Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns, AOC

The Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns is tasked with overseeing the implementation of court-approved recommendations designed to "rid the court of all vestiges of bias and discrimination." To assist the standing committee in its ongoing work in this area, the court created advisory committees in each of the state's 15 vicinages to work in collaboration with the standing Supreme Court committee, vicinage leaders, and other vicinage advisory committees.

The Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns assures implementation of the court-approved recommendations, advises the court on;

  • court goals and how the Judiciary can best assure fairness, impartiality and equal access
  • objectives and implementation time tables
  • provides guidance to vicinage advisory committees on minority concerns
  • monitors execution of the statewide minority concerns program
  • reviews and advises the court on major policies and procedures
  • conducts studies recommended by the court and committee
  • conducts other research as it deems appropriate

The committee publishes a biennial report in odd years.

The membership of the committee reflects a broad cross-section of the bench, bar and public. Members are appointed by the chief justice and serve a two-year term. The committee consists of superior and municipal court judges, attorneys, representatives from public and private sector agencies, organizations and companies, and citizens. The committee also includes in an ex officio capacity designees of the attorney general, the public defender, and the presidents of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association, Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey, the Hispanic Bar Association, the Garden State Bar Association, in addition to the director of Legal Services of New Jersey, and a representative of the Vicinage Advisory Committees on Minority Concerns Conference of Chairs.

Four subcommittees are responsible for the work of the committee --

    The Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and the Minority Defendant
    The Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice/Family
    The Subcommittee on Minority Access to Justice and
    The Subcommittee on Minority Participation in the Judicial Process

Subcommittees are collectively responsible for judicial, administrative/management,staff and public education and community outreach.

The committee does not investigate individual discrimination complaints or cases of bias.

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Comité de la Corte Suprema sobre Asuntos Relacionados con Minorías

Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex, 25 W. Market St., PO Box 037, Trenton, NJ 08625-0037
Teléfono: 609-815-2900 ext. 52364 o 52365
Fax: 609-394-0182

Yolande P. Marlow, Administradora y Asistente del Comité de la Corte Suprema sobre Asuntos Relacionados con Minorías, Oficina Administrativa (AOC)

Al Comité de la Corte Suprema sobre Asuntos Relacionados con Minorías se le encomienda la tarea de supervisar la ejecución de las recomendaciones aprobadas por la corte suprema, que se han concebido para "eliminar de los tribunales todo vestigio de prejuicio y discriminación". Para ayudar al comité permanente en su tarea continua en esta área, la Corte creó comités de asesoramiento en cada una de las 15 vecindades del estado para que trabajen en colaboración con el comité permanente de la Corte Suprema, los líderes de las vecindades y otros comités de asesoramiento de las vecindades.

El Comité de la Corte Suprema sobre Asuntos Relacionados con Minorías asegura la ejecución de las recomendaciones aprobadas por la corte y le da asesoramiento a la corte:

  • sobre las metas de la corte y cómo el Poder Judicial puede asegurar mejor la justicia, la imparcialidad y el acceso equitativo
  • sobre los objetivos y la implementación de los plazos establecidos 
  • brindando orientación a los comités de asesoramiento de las vecindades sobre los intereses de las minorías
  • vigilando la ejecución del programa sobre los intereses de las minorías a nivel estatal
  • examinando los procedimientos y propósitos principales y asesorando a la corte sobre ellos
  • realizando estudios recomendados por la corte y el comité y
  • realizando las investigaciones adicionales que considere apropiadas

El comité publica un informe bienal en los años impares.

The membership of the committee reflects a broad cross-section of the bench, bar and public. Members are appointed by the chief justice and serve a two-year term. The committee consists of superior and municipal court judges, attorneys, representatives from public and private sector agencies, organizations and companies, and citizens. The committee also includes in an ex officio capacity designees of the attorney general, the public defender, and the presidents of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association, Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey, the Hispanic Bar Association, the Garden State Bar Association, in addition to the director of Legal Services of New Jersey, and a representative of the Vicinage Advisory Committees on Minority Concerns Conference of Chairs.

Hay cuatro subcomités que son responsables de llevar a cabo las tareas del comité:

  • El subcomité sobre la justicia penal y la defensoría de las minorías
  • El subcomité de justicia juvenil y de familias
  • El subcomité sobre el acceso de minorías a la justicia y
  • El subcomité para la participación de las minorías en el proceso judicial

Los subcomités son responsables conjuntamente de la gestión judicial y administrativa, de la educación del personal y del público y de las relaciones con la comunidad.

El comité no investiga quejas individuales de discriminación o casos de parcialidad.

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