Jersey City Municipal Prosecutor Jake Hudnut has named Steven Hummell, a 15-year veteran of the office, as his first assistant at a salary of $84,000 a year.Â
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
â€œSteve is a first class municipal prosecutor, who has demonstrated a commitment to public safety in his prosecution against those who drive under the influence and he will bring a wealth of experience and insight to our officeâ€™s early case screening initiative,â€ Hudnut said in a statement.
â€œWe are excited to have him in this new post, and he is equally eager to begin.â€
Hummell was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1998 and joined the Jersey City Municipal Prosecutor’s Office in 2003 and he has also worked at both the Newark and Bayonne
Municipal Prosecutorsâ€™ offices.
As first assistant prosecutor, Hummell will oversee the development and launch of the officeâ€™s Early Case Screening Initiative. Early case screening will allow the cityâ€™s prosecutors to be better prepared to handle and resolve cases at first appearance.
Other jurisdictions that have adopted early screening have found that the approach drastically decreases the number of court appearances necessary to resolve cases, saving
municipalities money and sparing defendants and victims multiple visits to court.
Other jurisdictions with this practice in place also suggest that early case screening leads to more just outcomes of cases.
Hummel will also utilize his remarkable command of DUI enforcement and prosecution, having prosecuted over 750 DUI cases in New Jerseyâ€™s municipal courts including over 30 DUI trials.
First Assistant Hummelâ€™s appointment is effective October 22, 2018.