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Title: New Jersey Enforcement Court Pilot Project: A Case Study
Corporate Author: American University
School of Public Affairs Adjudication and Technical Assistance Project
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 79
Sponsoring Agency: American University
Washington, DC 20016
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 93-DD-CX-0014
Sale Source: American University
School of Public Affairs Adjudication and Technical Assistance Project
3615 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report describes a pilot program in New Jersey to improve the rate of offender payment of court-ordered fines, restitution, and community service orders and increase performance of court-ordered community service.
Abstract: The Morris County Enforcement Court was initiated in 1991. This experiment addressed noncompliance with financial and community service orders by centralizing the handling of all violations of court orders before one judicial offer in the Superior Court. The court used a single special master and immediately produced significant results. These results were the product of a consistent sanctioning policy toward sentence violators and a unified bench warrant process imposed at a single hearing before a single judicial officer who believed in the need for a firm, fair, and humane enforcement program. The success of the program has encouraged 8-10 other New Jersey jurisdictions to undertake individually designed pilot enforcement programs with varying levels of success. In addition, legislation currently in the final stages of approval authorizes and funds the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts to hire hearing officers to operate standardized enforcement courts throughout the State, patterned on the successful Morris County pilot project. Text of legislation, background information, and forms
Main Term(s): Court reform
Index Term(s): Community service order; Community Service Restitution Program; Fee collections; Model programs; New Jersey
Note: Adjudication Technical Assistance Project
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