The Gloucester County Courts, in conjunction with the Gloucester County Bar Association, celebrated its annual Opening of the Courts ceremony and Memorial Service on Sept. 15.
The ceremony was held in the ceremonial courtroom in the Gloucester County Courthouse in Woodbury.
Opening of the Court ceremonies also were held in Burlington and Cumberland counties.
The ceremony marked the traditional start of the court year and recognizes the accomplishments of members of the legal profession and the Judiciary who passed away during the previous year. The celebration also was an opportunity to recognize the importance and integrity of the legal system.
The Opening of the Courts ceremony is a tradition that began when the court would recess in the summer and reopen in September. Although the courts no longer close for the summer, the tradition was renewed in 2007 in Gloucester County.
"The Opening of the Courts ceremony gives us the opportunity to start another court year by reminding ourselves of the importance of our work, of the esteem we have for our colleagues, and most of all, of the trust that is placed in us by the public to administer justice with the dignity and integrity befitting our legal system," said Assignment Judge Georgia M. Curio.
The event honored the careers of the members of the Gloucester County legal community who passed away this year.
John J. Adams was a public defender for Woolwich Township in 1987 before he opened his family firm in 1988. Adams was a founding member of the New Jersey Municipal Prosecutors Association. Adams served as prosecutor for Swedesboro and Franklin Township and a municipal court judge in Greenwich Township.
Richard R. Berkey was a member of the Gloucester County Bar Association and practiced law in Gloucester County for many years. His practice focused on wills and estates. He was an avid reader and enjoyed the outdoors.
Joseph F. Doyle practiced law in Gloucester County for many years and served as a municipal court judge for West Deptford and other towns. He enjoyed boating, sailing and was a master woodworker.
Peter N. Firoentino Jr. was a solo practitioner in Gloucester County. He was an advocate for many families and served as vice-chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Child Welfare Law Section/Children’s Rights Committee and was co-chair of the Camden County Bar Association's Children in Court Committee.