Company/Organization: Superior Court of New Jersey
Mentor(s):Diana Moskal, Larry DeRose, Anna Skokowska
Topic of Internship
New Jersey Courts are the most visible part of our legal system. In New Jersey, there are five types of courts: Municipal courts, Tax Court, state Superior Court, which includes the trial courts, an Appellate Division and the New Jersey Supreme Court. There are many cases and disputes filed in New Jersey’s courts. In those incidents, judges or hearing officers are called upon to settle disputes involving various topics such as: family matters, criminal and civil law, divorce, and of course our basic rights as Americans, such as freedom of speech.
Summary of Internship
As an intern at the Superior Court of New Jersey I have several tasks and responsibilities. My job includes working on my Juvenile Conference Committee project, assisting a Judge and Hearing Officer in the courtroom, and of course the less glamorous of the two- administrative tasks such as: filing, sending mail, answering phone calls, and making copies of important documents. My main task at internship is working on my “project”. My project consists of counting the number of juvenile delinquents that go through Juvenile Conference Committees within the last three years. Part of my job is to be able to come up with a resolution and combine the less active committees. I spend lots of time in court observing the functions of the court clerk and assisting a Judge and Hearing Officer. Being only a high school intern I thought that my work would be limited to office tasks, but that was not the case. Interning at the courthouse has been both a memorable, eye opening, and valuable experience that has helped me gain a professional attitude and great opportunities!
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