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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  to celebrate the role of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession.

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.

Previous topics covered have included the 100th anniversary of the transformative 19th Amendment to the Constitution that gave women the right to vote; 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, essay contests, and discussions with judges and lawyers about the law and the trial process.

The 2021 Law Day theme, Advancing the Rule of Law, Now, reminds all of us that we the people share the responsibility to promote the rule of law, defend liberty, and pursue justice. The rule of law—the idea that no one is above the law and everyone is treated equally under the law—ensures an orderly and just society. NJSBF stands for the rule of law and invites county and specialty bar associations to stand with us and apply for funding for their Court Night programs.

Click here to fill out the online application. Applicants will be asked to provide a narrative plan for the program along with a detailed budget outlining the funding requirements.

The deadline for submitting an application is January 25, 2021.

Questions? Contact Mary Jean Barnes, Director of Administration and Grant Programs, at [email protected].