Helen Hoens

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Helen Hoens
Court Information:
New Jersey Supreme Court
Title:   Former justice
Appointed by:   Gov. Jon Corzine
Active:   2006-2013
Past post:   Judge, New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division
Past term:   2002-2006
Past post 2:   Judge, New Jersey Superior Courts
Past term 2:   1994-2002
Personal History
Born:   7/31/1954
Undergraduate:   College of William and Mary
Law School:   Georgetown University Law Center, 1979

Helen Hoens was a justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. She was appointed to the court by former Governor Jon Corzine, a Democrat, on September 21, 2006 and took office on October 26, 2006. Her term officially expired on October 26, 2013. Hoens was not renominated and will instead be replaced by Faustino J. Fernandez-Vina.[1][2]

Justices of the Supreme Court are typically renominated after an initial seven-year term. If Governor Christie had renominated Hoens, she would have gained tenure and thus would have been allowed to serve until the mandatory retirement age of 70. Christie also denied renomination to John Wallace in 2010, which was the first time such a reappointment had been refused in New Jersey.[3][4]


Hoens received her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and her J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1979.[1]


Awards and associations


  • 2010: Columbia High School Hall of Fame[5]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Hoens received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.33, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.05 that justices received in New Jersey. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[6]

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