Overview of Criminal Division

The Criminal Presiding Judge and the Criminal Division Manager work closely to manage the division. The five judges assigned to the division disposed of more than 3200 indictments in 2012 and processed nearly 4000 defendants.

There are two key operational units in the division:

1. Criminal Case Management Office - Staff from this office interview Criminal defendants in jail and provide information to judges. Such information obtained through investigations is used to determine a defendant's eligibility for the services of a Public Defender as well as a defendant's admission to the Pre-Trial Intervention Program and bail reduction consideration.

Defendants who enter guilty pleas or are convicted at trial have a Pre-Sentence Investigation conducted by a Probation Officer. This report outlines the defendant's background and their involvement in the offense. The report assists the Court in sentencing defendants and is used by classification personnel in the Probation Division, County Jails and State Institutions. A substance abuse evaluator interviews defendants and advises the court on appropriate treatment alternatives. The Criminal Division also operates a Drug Court which is a very specialized team process designed to address non-violent drug related cases. Drug Court is rigorous, requiring intensive supervision based on frequent drug testing and court appearances, along with tightly structured regimens of treatment and recovery services.

2. Criminal Case Processing Staff is responsible for the scheduling of all criminal cases, including motions, PTI appeals, bail hearings, sentences, trials, municipal appeals, expungements, record requests, court dates, change of address, notices of appearance/substitutions of attorney, and Judgments of Conviction. Staff are also responsible for the safe keeping of criminal files and data entry into the computer system (PROMIS GAVEL).

Judges and Managers of the Criminal Division

Wendel E. Daniels, P.J.Cr.P.
Judge of the Superior Court
Courtroom #12 Justice Complex
732-929-2171

James M. Blaney, J.S.C.
Judge of the Superior Court
Courtroom #3 Justice Complex
732-506-5375

Francis Hodgson, J.S.C.
Judge of the Superior Court
Courtroom #16 Justice Complex
732-831-7951

Joseph L. Foster , J.T.C., (t/a)
Judge of the Superior Court
Courtroom #6, 100 Hooper Avenue
732-929-4706

Rochelle Gizinski , J.S.C.
Judge of the Superior Court
Courtroom #11 Justice Complex
732-831-7935

Patricia B. Roe, J.S.C.
Judge of the Superior Court
Courtroom #17 Justice Complex
732-288-7890

Michelle L. Tierney , Criminal Division Manager
Trial Court Administrators Office
Room 240 Justice Complex
732-929-2042

Wayne Lagerquist, Asst. Criminal Division Manager
Criminal Case Management Office
Room 221 Justice Complex
732-929-4780

Maria DeRose, Team Leader – Roe
Room 221, Justice Complex
732-929-4780

Kellie Duff, Team Leader – Hodgson & Blaney
Room 221, Justice Complex
732-929-4780

Heather Hynes, Team Leader – Foster
Room 221, Justice Complex
732-929-4780

Jill Potter – Team Leader – Gizinski & Daniels
Room 221, Justice Complex
732-929-4780

Kimberly Borghoff - Court Services Supvr. I
Criminal Case Processing Office/Records
Room 220 Justice Complex
732-929-4780

Tara Nelson Court Services Supvr. I
Criminal Case Management Office
Room 221 Justice Complex
732-929-4780

Carole Haines, Coordinator
Ocean Drug Court Program
Room 220 Justice Complex
732-929-2125

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