New Jersey Supreme Court issues progress report on court system racial disparities

New Jersey’s Supreme Court has released a progress report on the state judiciary’s efforts to address racial disparities in the court system.
The Wednesday update follows up on a plan announced last year in the aftermath of George Floyd's killing at the hands of police in Minneapolis.
The plan identified nine areas of focus set forth in the 2020 action plan. Those focuses include: Supporting juror impartiality, reducing timeframes for post-dispositional supervision, supporting juvenile rehabilitation, requiring anti-bias continuing legal education, using technology to improve opportunities to access expungement resources, enabling alternative methods of resolving municipal court matters, broadening language access resources, reexamining access to misused court records and improving the landlord-tenant process.
The report also identifies several new reforms aimed at improving equity for people affected by mental health challenges, addiction and poverty.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.