Superior Court Judges Douglas M. Fasciale and Ellen Koblitz will be elevated to the Appellate Division effective Aug. 1, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner has announced.
Fasciale is the presiding judge of the civil division in the Union Vicinage. He was appointed to the bench by Gov. Jim McGreevey and took the oath of office on November 5, 2004. He was first assigned to the special civil part of the law division of the Superior Court, Union County.
Thereafter, he served in the family, civil and criminal divisions of the Superior Court. After serving in the criminal division for one year, he was named presiding judge. In that capacity, he chose to act as the judge of the Drug Court.
A graduate of Seton Hall University and Seton Hall Law School, Fasciale began his career as a law clerk to Superior Court Judge John E. Keefe. He worked in private practice as a certified civil trial attorney before his appointment to the bench.
Fasciale served a temporary assignment to the appellate division this spring.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to join the appellate division,” said Fasciale. “I thank my colleagues in Union for all of the support and camaraderie they have given me and I look forward to the new challenges ahead.”
A resident of Westfield, Union County, Fasciale and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Michael and Steven.
Koblitz is the presiding judge of the general equity part in the Bergen Vicinage. A graduate of the University of Chicago and Yale Law School, She began her legal career in the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, where she rose to become deputy public defender in charge of the Bergen County regional office.
Appointed to the bench by Gov. Jim Florio, Koblitz took the oath of office on March 8, 1993. She was first assigned to the civil division and moved to the family division later that year. From September 1997 to September 1998 she was assigned to the criminal division. She served as presiding judge of the family division from Sept. 1, 1998 until Oct. 1, 2008, when she was tapped to lead the general equity part. Koblitz also served in a temporary assignment to the appellate division in the spring of 2008.
While on the bench, Koblitz has served as a member and then chair of the Conference of Family Division Presiding Judges, chair of the Children in Court Improvement Committee and vice-chair of the Supreme Court Family Practice Committee.
“Although it is difficult to leave the wonderful people I have worked with in the Bergen Vicinage, I’m pleased to accept this new appointment and I am very glad to serve the residents of New Jersey in this new role,” Koblitz said.
The Appellate Division of the Superior Court is New Jersey's intermediate Appellate Court. The 35 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.