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Camden Vicinage Assignment Judge Deborah Silverman Katz administered the oath of office to newly appointed Winslow Towns...
01/08/2024

Camden Vicinage Assignment Judge Deborah Silverman Katz administered the oath of office to newly appointed Winslow Township Municipal Court Judge Lawrence J. Luongo Jr. this afternoon. Judge Luongo’s wife, Amy, held the Bible during the ceremony. Municipal Presiding Judge Brian Herman also was in attendance.

Morris/Sussex Vicinage Superior Court Judge Lorraine Augostini recently received a warm welcome from criminal justice st...
01/08/2024

Morris/Sussex Vicinage Superior Court Judge Lorraine Augostini recently received a warm welcome from criminal justice students at Hopatcong High School as a part of the vicinage’s One Judge One School program.

The program is designed to build relationships between judges and students to educate youth about the legal system. Judges work with the schools to provide programs that complement the curriculum, such as class visits, assemblies, and courthouse visits. The goal is to provide students with an opportunity to learn more about the Judiciary as an independent branch of government. Judges can serve as role models for the students and build connections between the courts and community. Students also learn about various career opportunities in the Judiciary.

For more information about participating in a One Judge One School program, contact Ombudsman Jennifer Shultis at 862-397-5700, ext. 75160.

Today’s Supreme Court opinion examines whether safeguards relating to eyewitness identification should apply when lawyer...
01/08/2024

Today’s Supreme Court opinion examines whether safeguards relating to eyewitness identification should apply when lawyers meet with witnesses to prepare for trial.
https://www.njcourts.gov/system/files/court-opinions/2024/a_29_22.pdf

As the Judiciary continues to reflect on the chief justices who helped create New Jersey's modern-day court system, this...
01/05/2024

As the Judiciary continues to reflect on the chief justices who helped create New Jersey's modern-day court system, this week we recognize Richard J. Hughes, the only person to serve as governor and chief justice of the state of New Jersey. Hughes was first sworn in as a Court of Common Pleas judge on Sept. 13, 1948, the last judge appointed to the that court before the old court system was dismantled. Two days later, Hughes was sworn in as a Superior Court judge as the Judiciary adopted the new court system created under the 1947 constitution. Hughes would go on to serve two terms as governor, from 1962 to 1970, before being named by Gov. William T. Cahill to serve as chief justice in 1973. Hughes wrote the Court’s unanimous opinion in the matter of Karen Quinlan, the nation’s first right-to-die case, which ruled that a person or their guardian could refuse medical treatment. The release of the decision attracted worldwide attention and opened the CBS Evening News newscast with Walter Cronkite that day. Hughes served as chief justice until 1979. During his tenure, the Court also issued its Mount Laurel opinion, which dealt with affordable housing, and key opinions dealing with education and school funding. The Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex – home to the Supreme Court and the Attorney General and Public Defender’s offices – is named in his honor.

01/04/2024

This month, we highlight Jonathan Forte, a court interpreter at the Hudson Vicinage. A Closer Look is a video series that highlights vicinage and central office staff members who were nominated by their supervisors for demonstrating excellence in providing critical services to the public.

01/01/2024
Effective Tuesday, January 2, 2024, all in-person criminal, civil and family court matters; jury reporting; and payments...
12/27/2023

Effective Tuesday, January 2, 2024, all in-person criminal, civil and family court matters; jury reporting; and payments will be conducted at Salem County Courthouse, located at 92 Market St., Salem, NJ by using the Grant Street entrance.

All in-person probation activities, reporting services, and civil filings can be conducted at the Fenwick Building on 85 Market St., Salem, NJ.
For more information, call 856-878-5050.

As the Judiciary celebrates its 75th anniversary of the 1947 constitution, we reflect on the Chief Justices that have he...
12/22/2023

As the Judiciary celebrates its 75th anniversary of the 1947 constitution, we reflect on the Chief Justices that have helped create New Jersey's modern day court system. This week, we recognize the third chief justice of the modern court era, Pierre P. Garven, who served a short 46 days in 1973. Garven was appointed to the Supreme Court to replace Justice John J. Francis and was sworn in as an associate justice on March 23, 1973. When Weintraub announced his retirement effective August 31, 1973 to spend more time with his ailing wife, Garven was named to replace him as chief justice. He died on October 19, 1973 at the age of 47 after suffering a fatal stroke.

Staff from the Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem Office of the Ombudsman hosted 8th grade students from Woodruff Middle School...
12/21/2023

Staff from the Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem Office of the Ombudsman hosted 8th grade students from Woodruff Middle School in Upper Deerfield Township, as part of the Vicinage’s Classroom to Courtroom Program recently. The students were taught about the judiciary, participated in a mini mock trial, and met with Superior Court Judge Michael Ostrowski for a virtual Q&A session.

The Mercer County Civil Courthouse at 175 S. Broad St., in Trenton will remain closed on Thursday, Dec. 21. Remote matte...
12/21/2023

The Mercer County Civil Courthouse at 175 S. Broad St., in Trenton will remain closed on Thursday, Dec. 21. Remote matters will continue as scheduled.

The Union Vicinage’s Office of the Ombudsman held a winter coat drive in November and December. Through their collection...
12/20/2023

The Union Vicinage’s Office of the Ombudsman held a winter coat drive in November and December. Through their collections, the vicinage donated 200 coats for men, women, and children. These donations were split between the “Probation Boutique” at the Juvenile Probation Division and the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless in Elizabeth.

Atlantic/Cape May Vicinage Trial Court Administrator Jill Houck and other staff members participated in the vicinage’s m...
12/20/2023

Atlantic/Cape May Vicinage Trial Court Administrator Jill Houck and other staff members participated in the vicinage’s monthly outreach program at the Atlantic City bus station. The program allows staff to meet with the public at a neutral site to assist them in resolving municipal and Superior Court warrants. As they do at the December outreach every year, staff donated winter essentials and toiletries to the needy.

As the Judiciary celebrates its 75th anniversary of the 1947 constitution, we reflect on the Chief Justices who have hel...
12/15/2023

As the Judiciary celebrates its 75th anniversary of the 1947 constitution, we reflect on the Chief Justices who have helped create New Jersey's modern day court system. This week, we recognize the second chief justice of the modern court era, Joseph Weintraub, who served from 1957 to 1973. Leading a court that became known for its decisions on consumer protection and for taking a hard stance in criminal cases, Justice Weintraub continued with the promise set by his predecessor, Arthur Vanderbilt, in maintaining the Judiciary’s independence and ability to adapt to the evolving needs of society. Among the landmark decisions authored by Weintraub was Robinson v. Cahill, which declared that the constitutional rights of urban school children were being violated by the state’s failure to provide an equitable system of educational funding. Fun fact: Chief Justice Weintraub was appointed to the Supreme Court to fill the seat of William J. Brennan Jr., who President Dwight D. Eisenhower named to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Presiding Tax Court Judge Mala Sundar administered the oath to the new clerk and administrator of the Tax Court, Jeffrey...
12/14/2023

Presiding Tax Court Judge Mala Sundar administered the oath to the new clerk and administrator of the Tax Court, Jeffrey T. Gallus, today. Jeffrey’s son held the Bible while he was sworn in. Retired Presiding Tax Court Judge Joseph Andresini, Tax Court Judges Mark Cimino, Jonathan Orsen, Michael Duffy, Michael Gilmore and Appellate Judge Patrick DeAlmeida were in attendance. Jeffrey’s friends and family as well as other staff members from the Administrative Office of the Courts attended the ceremony.

Today’s Supreme Court opinion examines whether the State Health Benefits Commission was permitted to deduct health care ...
12/14/2023

Today’s Supreme Court opinion examines whether the State Health Benefits Commission was permitted to deduct health care insurance premiums from the petitioner’s monthly retirement payment.
https://www.njcourts.gov/system/files/court-opinions/2023/a_27_22.pdf

Staff from the Bergen Vicinage gathered to celebrate the careers of two employees who are retiring. Jennifer Bonadio, an...
12/14/2023

Staff from the Bergen Vicinage gathered to celebrate the careers of two employees who are retiring. Jennifer Bonadio, an administrative specialist, started her career with the Judiciary in December 1994 while Nilda Diazgranados, a court services supervisor, started her career in 1998. Congratulations to both Jennifer and Nilda! 🎉

Superior Court Judge Tosca Blandford-Byone and her law clerk Stephanie Menezile met with seniors from Woodbury High Scho...
12/14/2023

Superior Court Judge Tosca Blandford-Byone and her law clerk Stephanie Menezile met with seniors from Woodbury High School yesterday as part of the Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem Vicinage’s Classroom to Courtroom Program. The students, who participated in an educational game about the Judiciary, also learned how their decisions as young adults can have legal and long-term consequences.

To register for this upcoming career and resource fair, please see the flyer below.
12/12/2023

To register for this upcoming career and resource fair, please see the flyer below.

Essex Vicinage to Hold Recovery Court Graduationhttps://www.njcourts.gov/sites/default/files/press-release/2023/pr121123...
12/11/2023

Essex Vicinage to Hold Recovery Court Graduation
https://www.njcourts.gov/sites/default/files/press-release/2023/pr121123a.pdf

Justice Fabiana Pierre-Louis administered the oath to her newest law clerk, Michael J. Harding, on Friday. Michael's par...
12/11/2023

Justice Fabiana Pierre-Louis administered the oath to her newest law clerk, Michael J. Harding, on Friday.

Michael's partner held the Bible while he was sworn in. Michael’s friends and family, including his mother and father, Debbie and Michael Harding Sr., attended the ceremony.

Passaic Vicinage Assignment Judge Rudolph Filko and Trial Court Administrator Melanie Nowling swore in 19 court executiv...
12/11/2023

Passaic Vicinage Assignment Judge Rudolph Filko and Trial Court Administrator Melanie Nowling swore in 19 court executives last week. Family and friends of the court executives were in attendance for the ceremony.

Staff from the Morris/Sussex Vicinage hosted their second annual gingerbread event for youth on probation and their fami...
12/08/2023

Staff from the Morris/Sussex Vicinage hosted their second annual gingerbread event for youth on probation and their families earlier this week. The event encourages families to spend quality time together in a positive environment. The goal of the event is to foster a sense of family and togetherness around the holidays with the hope that families are inspired to continue traditions like this and enjoy each other’s company.

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