Passaic Vicinage Criminal Division
Honorable Marilyn C. Clark
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CRIMINAL DIVISION
The Honorable Ernest M. Caposela serves as the Assignment Judge for the Passaic Vicinage. Under his leadership our Vicinage remains challenged to ensure that we are functioning up to our full capability.
The Honorable Marilyn C. Clark serves as the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Courts and is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the criminal courts.
CRIMINAL DIVISION JUDGES AND TEAM LEADERS
The Passaic Vicinage Criminal Division is currently comprised of five trial courts and a Pre-Indictment/Drug Court.
CRIMINAL DIVISION AND ITS SERVICES
A pre-indictment event is scheduled for all indictable complaints referred from sixteen municipal courts. If the case is not disposed of at "PIC," it is referred to the grand jury. If a true bill is returned, the case is assigned to a trial court. The case remains with that court until adjudication or it is rotated to another court.
Presently the Criminal Division Manager is Edward Wingren. The office of approximately ninety-seven employees act as support staff to the courts. Each court has a support "team" in the Criminal Division Manager's Office.
The Criminal Division is responsible for handling:
- Emergent Bail Matters
- Public Defender Determination
- Pre-Indictment Conference (PIC)
- Pre-Arraignment Conference (PAC)
- Pre-Sentence Investigations (PSI)
- Pre-Trial Intervention Program (PTI)
- Treatment Assessment Service for the Courts (T.A.S.C.)
- Drug Court
- Municipal Appeals
- Scheduling of all Court events
Under the direction of the judge, the team leader is responsible for the day to day operation of his/her court. For any information or questions on a case pending before a particular judge, the team leader should be contacted for assistance.