New Jersey Bill Would Establish Two-Year Courtroom Animal Advocate Pilot Program

New Jersey Senate Bill 2211 would establish a two-year pilot program for courtroom animal advocates to serve the interests of justice in criminal proceedings that affect the welfare or care of an animal. The bill would require the Administrative Director of the Courts to submit a report to the Governor of New Jersey with details about program implementation and recommendations about whether it should be continued. The bill has been referred to the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.