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Hudson Vicinage Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Program

Vicinage EEO/AA Program

The New Jersey Judiciary is dedicated to the principles and goals of fairness, equality, courtesy, and respect for all individuals. These are the cornerstones of activities and operations in the court system and embody the Judiciary's commitment to equality under law and fairness in the administration of justice. As an employer, the Judiciary is committed to the principles of fairness and equality of opportunity in the workplace as reflected in the Judiciary's Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Master Plan.

Likewise, the Hudson Vicinage's EEO/AA program is an initiative which is in continual development. It is based on the vicinage EEO/AA Implementation Plan and is designed to insure that every aspect of our employment practices is fair and non-discriminatory. Both the Judiciary EEO/AA Master Plan and Vicinage Implementation Plan can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the sites below.

Hudson Vicinage EEO/AA Advisory Committee


Paula Gaskin – Committee Chair, Assistant Division Manager, Finance
Stephanie Rivera - Staff, Vicinage EEO/AA Officer

Traci Black, Judiciary Clerk 2, Family Division
Martha Cruz, Court Services Supervisor 2, Family Division
Ashley Morris, Judiciary Clerk 2, Civil Division
Athar Naqvi, Judiciary Account Clerk 2, Finance Division
Christine Ribes, Court Interpreter, Operations
Delilah Rios, Judiciary Clerk 3, Civil Division
Yadira Rosa-Diaz, Senior Probation Officer Bilingual, Probation
Henry Rugeles, Court Interpreter, Operations
Maria Seda, Court Services Officer Trainee, Civil Division
Ervennia Stanfield, Judiciary Clerk 2, Family Division
Julia Torres, Judiciary Clerk 2, Criminal Division

The Committee is currently divided into three working subcommittees: (1) Community Outreach; (2) Career Development; and (3) Diversity Awareness. The subcommittees are charged with the task of requesting and analyzing data in their respective areas and making recommendations in policies and/or procedures or suggesting programs. The Committee may also conduct periodic surveys of vicinage staff to help in determining causes and origins of barriers to equal employment opportunity.

Vicinage Discrimination Complaint Procedures and Forms

The vicinage discrimination complaint policies and procedures apply to all employees, court users and volunteers. The Judiciary’s EEO Complaint Procedures Manual outlines the procedures for receiving, investigating and remedying complaints of violations of the Supreme Court’s Policy Statement on Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Anti-Discrimination.

The Judiciary discrimination complaint policies and procedures are outlined in the brochure Employee Guide to Reporting and Handling Complaints of Discrimination or Harassment in the Judiciary. Copies of this booklet may be obtained from the Human Resources Division in room 405 of the Administration Building.

If you believe you are being subjected to discriminatory treatment and want to file a complaint, you may print the complaint form listed below, complete it, and forward (or bring) it to the Vicinage EEO/AA Officer, Stephanie Rivera, in room 500 (Law Library) in the Administration Building.

Judiciary EEO/AA Master Plan (PDF Version)

Judiciary Policy Statement on Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Anti-Discrimination (PDF Version)

Complaint Form (PDF Version)

Vicinage EEO/AA Officer:  Tonya Hopson

Employment Opportunities within the New Jersey Courts

  • Career Opportunities with the New Jersey Court System
  • Classified Versus Unclassified Service
  • Job Announcements
  • How To Apply For A Job With The New Jersey Courts
  • Who to Contact
  • Vicinage Internship Program For College Level Students

Career Opportunities with the New Jersey Court System, Hudson County Superior Court

Judiciary Employees

The Judiciary, or court system, of New Jersey employs more than just lawyers and judges. Employees of the Judiciary provide administrative support to the judges and litigants who use the courts. Judiciary employees provide: counseling and referral services to clients, technical support in information management systems, clerical support, as well as training and services to its own employees. Court employees collect money and handle the finances of the court system, coordinate mediation and other programs, manage jurors and conduct investigations and research, among other services.

If you are looking for a job in public service that offers great career opportunities and excellent benefits, consider the Judiciary of New Jersey. This web page was designed to give you an overview of New Jersey’s court system and to acquaint you with its career opportunities.

The New Jersey Court System

The Judiciary is one of the three branches of state government. The two others are the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch. Courts are the most visible part of our legal system. Each year, about seven million new cases are filed in New Jersey’s courts. These cases involve everything from education, the environment, wills, crimes, contracts and car accidents to health care, taxes, adoptions, divorces, defective products and our basic rights as Americans, such as the freedom of speech. The decisions that are made in our courts influence our lives in countless ways.

Mission Statement

We are an independent branch of government constitutionally entrusted with the fair and just resolution of disputes in order to preserve the rule of law and to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States and this state.


The structure of New Jersey’s court system is among the simplest in the nation. There are only a few basic types of courts in the state: Municipal Courts, Tax Court, state Superior Court, which includes an Appellate Division, and the New Jersey Supreme Court.

The Superior Court

Cases involving criminal, civil and family law are heard in the Superior Court. The Superior Court is sometimes called the trial court because it is where trials are conducted. Superior Court trial judges sit in each of New Jersey’s 21 counties. The Superior Court itself is divided into 15 vicinages, or court districts, several of which include more than one county. Each vicinage is managed by an Assignment Judge selected by the Chief Justice. Each vicinage also has a Trial Court Administrator.

Each Superior Court is divided into nine (9) general areas or divisions: Civil Division, which includes the Special Civil Part; Family Division; Criminal Division; Municipal Division, Finance Division; Information Technology Division; General Operations Division, which includes Facilities, Court Interpreters, Jury Management, Ombudsman, Law Library, and Court Reporters; Human Resources Division, and Probation Division. In addition to the Divisions, is the Trial Court Administrator’s Office which includes the Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Unit.

The Civil Division hears cases in which a plaintiff claims that he or she has been injured by the actions of a defendant. There are many types of civil cases but the most common are auto, personal injury, contract dispute and medical malpractice.

The Civil Division handles lawsuits where the demand amount exceeds $15,000. The Special Civil Part handles cases where the demand is $15,000 or less. The most common matters handled in the Special Civil part involve landlord/tenant actions, small claims, contract, consumer complaints, and tort actions.

The Family Division handles cases that involve disputes regarding children, spouses or domestic partners. Most Family Court cases involve divorce, adoption, juvenile delinquency, child abuse, child support, or domestic violence.

The Criminal Division handles cases in which a defendant is charged with a serious crime, such as robbery, theft, drug possession or murder.

In some cases judges will impose a sentence of probation, which will allow an offender to serve his or her sentence in the community under the supervision of a probation officer.

The Probation Division is staffed by professionals whose main function is to enforce court orders either by monitoring compliance or, when necessary, taking measures to obtain compliance. Probation Officers work in the two major areas of Child Support Enforcement and Community-Based Offender Supervision, providing investigation, enforcement and supervision services.

Job Opportunities with the New Jersey Courts

How to Find Out About Job Vacancies

Visit the Job Announcements link on this web page to see the most current statewide job vacancies. You can call, write or visit the Human Resources Manager or Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Officer in the vicinage in which you are interested in working to get more information about a specific vacancy. Click to access a list of Regional EEO/AA Officers or a list of Vicinage EEO/AA Officers. Jobs in the court system are also listed with New Jersey State Employment offices. In addition, notices of job vacancies in the Hudson Vicinage are sent to all area colleges and universities. College students should check with their college’s career services office. However, the most current job listings are on the web site.

How to apply for a job with the New Jersey Courts

To apply for a job with the New Jersey Courts, send a resume with a cover letter to the address listed on the Job Vacancy Announcement or to the Human Resources Manager of the vicinage in which the vacancy occurs. Be sure to read the announcement carefully, including the minimum requirements for the job, so that you can ensure that your resume speaks to those requirements. Your resume should include dates and a description of your job duties for each position you’ve held. Finally, be sure to send your resume so that it arrives before the closing date noted on the job vacancy announcement. In the Hudson Vicinage, late resumes are not considered if there is already an overwhelming response to a job posting.

Classified Service versus Unclassified Service

Many jobs in the New Jersey Courts are “classified,” meaning that you will have to take and pass a qualifying Department of Personnel civil service exam in order to hold a permanent title in that job. Under certain situations, you may be appointed provisionally in a title until you take the qualifying exam.

Jobs in the Support Staff, Case Processing and Support Staff Supervisory bands are classified. Individuals seeking entry-level positions in these bands are required to pass a New Jersey State Department of Personnel administered civil service exam to receive a permanent appointment. In addition, these career service bands provide advancement or promotional opportunities for judiciary employees. As a consequence, many of the job opportunities within these bands are offered to current employees before any applicant from a civil service list is considered. These bands cover the clerical, investigator and probation officer job titles.

Individuals interested in entry-level investigator or probation off