If you have difficulty accessing the court system, you should be aware of the New Jersey Judiciary Ombudsman’s program. The courthouse in each county in New Jersey has at least one staff person called an Ombudsman who can answer questions and address concerns that you have in the court system. The Ombudsman is there to help all court users, particularly if you are elderly, do not speak fluent English, or have a disability.
While the Ombudsman cannot provide legal advice, he/she can provide as much information as possible, in a neutral and impartial manner, to ease you through the system and prevent misunderstandings. The Ombudsmen work with the trial court to provide:
Visit Judiciary Ombudsman Program (from NJ Courts) to learn more about the Ombudsman program. Visit Statewide Ombudsman Directory (from NJ Courts) to contact the Ombudsmen in your county.
This information last reviewed: Jul 14, 2020