New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division
|New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division|
|Method:||Gubernatorial appointment with Senate confirmation|
This court consists of 34 judges who sit in two and three judge panels chosen from parts consisting of four or five judges. Appellate Division judges hear appeals from decisions of the Trial Courts, the Tax Court and State administrative agencies. The Appellate Division decides approximately 7,000 appeals and 7,500 motions each year.
Judges of the Superior Court have an initial term of 7 years, after which they may remain on the bench until age 70, provided they are not impeached.
|Judge Jane Grall||2004-2019|
|Presiding Judge; Temporary Justice Mary Cuff||1994-2017; 2012-Present|
|Judge Clarkson Fisher||2003–2022|
|Judge Susan Reisner||2004-present|
|Judge Paulette Sapp-Peterson||2006-present|
|Judge Carmen Alvarez||2007-present|
|Presiding Judge Anthony Parrillo||2001-present|
|Judge Marie Lihotz||2006-present|
|Presiding Judge Carmen Messano||2006-present|
|Judge Joseph Yannotti||2004-Present|
|Judge Marie Simonelli||2007-present|
|Judge Jack Sabatino||2006-present|
|Temporary Justice Ariel Rodriguez||2012-Present|
|Presiding judge Jose Fuentes||2002-present|
|Judge Alexander Waugh||2008-present|
|Judge Marianne Espinosa||2009-Present|
|Judge Mary Gibbons Whipple||2014-2020||Chief Justice Stuart Rabner|
|Judge Garry S. Rothstadt||2001-2028|
|Judge William E. Nugent||2010-2017||Chief Justice Stuart Rabner|
|Judge Jonathan N. Harris||2009-present||Chief Justice Stuart Rabner|
|Judge Ellen Koblitz||2010-present||Chief Justice Stuart Rabner|
|Judge Victor Ashrafi||2009-present||Chief Justice Stuart Rabner|
|Judge Douglas M. Fasciale||2010-2017|
|Judge Mitchel E. Ostrer||2011-2018||Chief Justice Stuart Rabner|
|Judge Jerome M. St. John||2011-2018||Chief Justice Stuart Rabner|
|Judge Margaret M. Hayden||2011-2018||Chief Justice Stuart Rabner|
|Judge John C. Kennedy||2011-present||Chief Justice Stuart Rabner|
|Judge Carol E. Higbee||2014-2020|
|Judge Susan F. Maven||2012-present||Chief Justice Stuart Rabner|
|Judge Michael J. Haas||2012-present||Chief Justice Stuart Rabner|
|Judge George S. Leone||2013-2020||Chief Justice Stuart Rabner|
|Judge Michael A. Guadagno||2012-2019||Chief Justice Stuart Rabner|
|Judge Amy O'Connor||2013-2020||Chief Justice Stuart Rabner|
|Judge Richard S. Hoffman||2012-present||Chief Justice Stuart Rabner|
|Judge Allison E. Accurso||2012-2019||Chief Justice Stuart Rabner|
|Judge Harry G. Carroll||2013-2020||Chief Justice Stuart Rabner|
Judges on Recall
- Philip Carchman
- Naomi G. Eichen
- Howard H. Kestin
- Richard Newman
- Harold B. Wells, III
- Francine Axelrad
- Linda Baxter
- Amy Chambers
- Rudy Coleman
- Laura LeWinn
- Christine Miniman
- Stephen Skillman
- Dorothea Wefing
|• Lawyer faces $150,000 judgment because client skipped bond (2015)||Click for summary→|
|Matthew Jeon took on Zerui Huang's case. Huang, a Chinese national studying in the United States, was arrested and charged with a sexual assault. He was given bond, but he had to surrender his passport in order to be released. Huang did so. The court held the passport until it agreed to return it to Huang temporarily so he could renew his driver's license. While Huang had the passport, he allegedly made a copy and then returned the original to the court. Huang used the copy, which China accepts, to return to his native land. When he did not make his next court appearance, or the subsequent ones, the bail bond company, Callahan Bail Bond, sued Jeon for the money it lost when Huang skipped town. Callahan claims that Jeon knew what Huang had planned. Jeon failed to respond to Callahan's complaint in time, and Judge Susan J. Steele of the Vicinage 2 Superior Court entered a default judgment against Jeon in the amount of $150,000, what Callahan lost.
Jeon eventually tried to respond and filed multiple motions to vacate the judgment, but Judge Steele denied the motion each time. Judges Amy O'Connor and Marie Simonelli, however, ruled that Judge Steele was in error when she refused to grant Jeon's motion to vacate. According to the judges, motions to vacate are to be considered liberally and granted if there is a meritorious defense to the accusations. Here, the judges said that Jeon presented a good defense in his answer, which he was never allowed to file, and he did not behave in an insolent manner in failing to respond. In short, it was a mistake.
The judges vacated the judgment and remanded the case back to the superior court for further proceedings on the merits of the case. Huang is still a fugitive.
|• Appeals court denies appeal from inmate convicted of kidnapping and murder (2015)||Click for summary→|
|In 1994, Sandra McKnight was unloading groceries from her car when three men approached, forced her into the car and drove off. The men later stole another car, deciding to get rid of McKnight's car. They drove to an isolated place and shot her in the back of the head once, killing her. She was found later still in the car. Alonzo Hill was arrested after one of the other men with him that night told police he was involved in McKnight's murder. Hill was arrested, charged, tried and convicted of carjacking, kidnapping and murder; he received four consecutive life sentences. Hill appealed his conviction, claiming he received ineffective assistance of counsel at trial and during his appeal of right.
Two judges of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, William E. Nugent and Allison E. Accurso, weighed in on March 31, 2015, finding that Hill has no right to relief. The court found that Hill had not shown any proof of errors by the trial court or his attorney. In essence, the court found Hill received a fair trial. Further, Hill claimed that his attorney failed to conduct a proper investigation or call certain witnesses at trial. The appellate court did not agree, finding that there was no proof that his trial counsel failed to investigate as required by law, or that the presentation of more or different witnesses would have made a difference in the outcome.
Hill must serve 105 years before he is eligible for parole.
- Newsroom Jersey "Gov. Christie nominates nine lawyers for N.J. Superior Court judgeships" June 21, 2011
- The Associated Press, "NJ appeals court won't block pension ruling," November 18, 2011