ELIZABETH, NJ – New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner helped to cut the ribbon for the new Union County Courthouse Cherry Street Annex when it opened this afternoon, May 22, with enough fanfare to draw elected officials, judges, and lawyers to the modern, glass-fronted building.

The new 78,071 square-foot courthouse will be home to the Union County Family Justice Center, which will open in late summer 2017. The FJV will provide victims of domestic violence with legal assistance, crisis counseling, court advocacy, logistical support, and housing aid.  It features six state-of-the-art courtrooms and support facilities, judge’s chambers and offices, prisoner intake, holding, and attorney/client conference spaces. It will also house the sheriff’s department security control facilities.

“We’re here to dedicate this building because we care about helping our youth and our families in need,” said Union County Freeholder Chair Bruce Bergen. “Martin Luther King Jr. once said, ‘Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable … Every step toward the goal of justice, requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.’ Those dedicated individuals are you – the many who care and assist every day in this noble cause.”