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Court Night Program

“Court Night” is an informational program about New Jersey’s court system cosponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and the county and specialty bar associations in New Jersey. The purpose of the program is to open the courts to the public in order to explain how our judicial system works in an effort to demystify, educate and welcome. Events are planned around Law Day USA, held yearly on May 1st.

Court Night Programs honoring Law Day have been part of the NJSBF’s core mission to educate the public about New Jersey law for over 25 years.

The Law Day / Court Night program provides an opportunity for people to learn about the court system from judges, local attorneys, administrators and court personnel. Previous topics covered have included civil, criminal, and family divisions of the Superior Court, municipal court matters, special seminars on legal issues including family law, wills and estate planning, employment law, landlord/tenant matters and constitutional law. There have been mock trial presentations by students and discussions with judges and lawyers about the law and the trial process.

The 2020 Law Day theme is Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100In 2019-2020, the United States is commemorating the centennial of the transformative constitutional amendment that guaranteed the right of citizens to vote would not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex. American women fought for, and won, the vote through their voice and action. The women’s suffrage movement forever changed America, expanding representative democracy and inspiring other popular movements for constitutional change and reform.

The Foundation invites county and specialty bar associations to apply for funding for their Court Night programs. Simply submit a narrative plan for the program, a detailed budget outlining your funding requirements, and a signed Cosponsorship Agreement.

The deadline for submitting an application is January 24, 2020.

Questions? Contact Mary Jean Barnes at 732-937-7507 or via email at mjbarnes@njsbf.org.