Superior Court Judge William E. Nugent will be elevated to the Appellate Division effective Oct. 4, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced today.
The Appellate Division of the Superior Court is New Jersey's intermediate Appellate Court. The 33 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.
A graduate of Notre Dame University, Judge Nugent received his law degree from Villanova University School of Law. He began his law career as an assistant district attorney for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office before moving into private practice. He also served as a municipal solicitor for Northfield from 1995 to 2000, and as the zoning board solicitor for that municipality from 1992 to 1994. He served as county counsel for Atlantic County from 2000 to 2003.
Judge Nugent was appointed to the bench by Gov. Jim McGreevey in 2003 and has served in the civil division in Atlantic County since that time. While on the bench, Judge Nugent has served on the Supreme Court Arbitration Advisory Committee. As an attorney, he served on the District I Ethics Committee and on the District I Fee Arbitration Committee under the auspices of the Office of Attorney Ethics.
“It is a tremendous honor to be named to the Appellate court,” said Judge Nugent. “I have enjoyed many wonderful relationships during my time on the bench in Atlantic County. I will miss working with those wonderful folks, even as I enjoy the challenges and opportunity of serving the public in this new capacity.”