Supreme Court Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (DI&CE)

The Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement Committee (DI&CE) helps the courts improve equality and outreach.

The goal of the DI&CE is to eliminate bias in the courts. The committee proposes policies and programs to the Supreme Court that will help the court system achieve this goal. They also research and report on the court system’s treatment of all groups.

The original Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns was formed in 1992. The name of the committee was changed in 2019 to better reflect its current mission.

The committee seeks to protect the rights of:

  • People of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.
  • People of every religion and cultural group.
  • People of all economic backgrounds.
  • People of every gender identity and sexual orientation.

The Committee

  • Assesses the availability of court services and resources.
  • Ensures self-represented litigants have access to services and resources.
  • Works with practice divisions and non-Judiciary partners to improve court protocols.
  • Facilitates community outreach in areas such as court access and job recruitment, as well as criminal justice and municipal court reforms.
  • Works closely with the 15 vicinage advisory committees.
  • Remains involved in the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts.
  • Issues reports to the New Jersey Supreme Court every two years.

Committee Membership

Committee members are appointed by the Chief Justice. They serve for two years.

The committee includes:

  • Superior court judges.
  • Attorneys.
  • Members of the community.

The committee has representatives from:

  • The attorney general.
  • The public defender.
  • The New Jersey State Bar Association
  • The Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association.
  • The Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey.
  • The Hispanic Bar Association.
  • The Garden State Bar Association.
  • The New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association.
  • The New Jersey Association for Justice.
  • The South Asian Bar Association.
  • Legal Services of New Jersey.

Committee Contacts

Lisa Burke, Manager, Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, 609-815-2910

Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement Program Coordinator and Committee Staff

Diversity Inclusion And Community Engagement
Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex
PO Box 970
P.O. Box 037
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
Phone: 609-815-2900 ext. 52364
Fax: 609-394-0182
diversity.mailbox@njcourts.gov

Committee Reports: