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A Publication of the New Jersey Courts
Fall 2013
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Collins Ijoma Retires as Essex Vicinage TCA
Survey on Access and Fairness to
Take Place in N.J. Oct. 7-Oct. 11
By Mike Mathis
Judiciary Times Editor
Collins Ijoma has held several positions in the Essex
Vicinage over a career that spanned more than three decades.
But while his job title changed over the years, the location
where he worked in the Essex County Courthouse didn’t.
“I worked my way from the cubicle in the front to the next
room and the next room until I ended up in the last room,”
said Ijoma.
For the first time in 30 years, Ijoma has a change in
scenery. He retired in August as trial court administrator of
the state’s largest vicinage.
Amy K. DePaul, the vicinage’s family division manager,
was named to succeed Ijoma, who was one of the Judiciary’s
longest serving TCAs.
He was instrumental in helping guide the organization
through the 1995 transition from a county court system to
a statewide unified Judiciary and has headed several state,
regional and national court committees and organizations.
“Few in the Judiciary can match Collins Ijoma’s
contributions to judicial administration in our system,” said
Judge Glenn A. Grant, acting administrative director of the
courts, who worked with Ijoma for 10 years when Grant sat
as a judge in the Essex Vicinage family division.
“He has a passion for judicial management and is
recognized as a national and international expert on
the subject,” Judge Grant said. “He generously shared
his wisdom and insights with his colleagues, and most
importantly, with a succeeding generation of managers. We
are going to miss his talent, dedication and leadership.”
“Collins has been the face of the Essex Vicinage for
decades; his importance to us cannot be understated,”
Assignment Judge Patricia Costello said. “For me, he has
been a remarkable executive partner, he has a peerless instinct
for anticipating and heading off problems even before they
happen. I will miss him terribly. The entire vicinage is already
feeling the loss of the wonderful, dedicated, talented man.”
A native of Nigeria, Ijoma said he never considered
working for the Judiciary when he was a student at New
Jersey City University.
“It was all an accident,” he said. “I didn’t even know
the Judiciary existed. I got here to make a living and also
Judge Glenn A. Grant
By Judge Glenn A. Grant
Acting Administrative
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