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:
Keep in mind that because the Ombudsman cannot give legal advice, he/she cannot recommend a lawyer, advise you about how to plead your case or give an opinion about the outcome. Nor will the Ombudsman change an order issued by a judge, talk to the judge on your behalf, or let you speak to the judge outside of the courtroom.
This information last reviewed: Apr 5, 2023