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NCJ Number: 157094 Find in a Library
Title: Court Reform and Judicial Leadership: Judge George Nicola and the New Jersey Justice System
Author(s): P B Wice
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 213
Sponsoring Agency: Praeger Publishers
Westport, CT 06881
Publication Number: ISBN 0-275-95038-7
Sale Source: Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using a social-psychological perspective, this volume uses the professional career of Judge George Nicola to support the hypothesis that an energized judge who is committed to court reform and combines intelligence with effective leadership skills can produce a record of significant improvements within a local justice system.
Abstract: Judge Nicola, now of the Middlesex County (N.J.) Superior Court, began his judicial career as a municipal court judge in 1960. In 1974 he became a juvenile court judge. Eight years later he was shifted to the adult criminal division, where he soon became presiding judge. Among the judge's innovations is simultaneous sentencing, a procedure designed to speed the processing of criminal cases by gathering critical information on the defendant earlier in the proceedings so that sentencing could be accomplished at the time a defendant plead guilty. This reform allowed the courts to save 4-6 weeks. The judge has also been involved in other varied efforts to reduce court delays, including the drug court. The analysis emphasizes two themes: (1) whether the judicial system can be changed from within, given its traditions and the inherent conservatism of the legal system itself, and (2) whether judicial leadership provides the best chance for court reform and how such leadership can be developed and promoted. Figures, tables, chapter reference notes, index, and 57 references
Main Term(s): Court reform
Index Term(s): Court delays; Judicial activism; Judicial attitudes; Leadership; New Jersey
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