Upcoming NJSMPA Events
NJSMPA Business Meeting and Luncheon
Wednesday, November 15
at League of Municipalities
Conference at the
9:30am-12 CLE Seminar 1
2:15-5pm CLE Seminar 2
5:30-7:30pm Meet & Mingle
The New Jersey State Municipal Prosecutors Association (NJSMPA) was organized in 2004 to provide a collective voice for municipal prosecutors and to foster a sense of camaraderie among our members.
Our organization is becoming an increasingly potent voice state-wide. We have secured a seat on the State Supreme Court's Municipal Court Practice Committee, the body that recommends improvements and modifications to the Part VII Court Rules Governing the Municipal Courts. We have a seat on the League of Municipalities legislative Committee. We were appointed to NJ Task Force on Abuse of Persons who are elderly or disabled. We testify before the state legislature in Trenton on bills affecting municipal court practice, and are otherwise asked for comments on matters affecting areas of our practice. We are frequently represented at meetings of the 21 Assistant County Prosecutors, who serve as our "supervisors," and are in regular communication with the Attorney General's office.
In the area of professional development, the NJSMPA offers continuing legal education courses, often before our meetings. As an affiliate organization of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, we offer a full day program that includes CLEs targeted to our practice, our annual luncheon, and one of our quarterly meetings.
The NJSMPA is a respected, sought-after voice in conversations affecting Municipal Court practice in New Jersey. As important, the NJSMPA is increasingly becoming an organization where municipal prosecutors gather, in person and virtually, to share news, support and legal strategies related to our prosecutorial work.
Our current Board is building on the momentum initiated by our past Presidents and Boards. We aim toward a stronger, more coordinated, and effective organization whose primary goal is to promote justice in New Jersey's municipal courts. Each year, we have a greater presence in dialogues related to municipal court practice. We need to keep pace with -- and stay ahead of -- changes that impact our practice from the local, county and state levels. There is so much to do.
If you are a municipal prosecutor, please become an active member of the NJSMPA. Share your experiences. Add your individual experiences to our collective voice. We look forward to working with you!
Annette DePalma, Esq.