Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz Announced Appointments of Superior Court Judge Leonard N. Arnold and Superior Court Judge Steven L. Lefelt to the Appellate Division
For Release: June 28, 1999
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Patricia Shukis Fraser
Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz today announced the appointments of Superior Court Judge Leonard N. Arnold and Superior Court Judge Steven L. Lefelt to the Appellate Division, effective August 1, 1999.
The Chief Justice, in making the announcement said, "the appointment of Judge Arnold and Judge Lefelt adds to the longstanding quality of the appellate bench. Both judges bring strong backgrounds in all aspects of the law to their new responsibilities."
Judge Arnold, 65, a Somerset resident, is currently the Presiding Judge
of the Criminal Division for the Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Vicinage.
Appointed to the bench by Governor Thomas Kean in 1983, Judge Arnold was initially assigned to the Civil Division in Somerset County and in January of 1987 was named the Presiding Judge of the Civil Division for the three-county vicinage. He remained there until 1994, when he assumed the duties of Presiding Judge of the Vicinage Criminal Division.
Judge Arnold is a 1955 graduate of Purdue University and a 1958 graduate of Harvard Law School. He is married and has three children. He has written a number of books and articles on the criminal process in various legal publications.
Judge Lefelt, 59, a Highland Park resident, is currently assigned to the Middlesex Vicinage Civil Division.
Appointed to the bench by Governor Jim Florio in 1991, Judge Lefelt was initially assigned to the Middlesex Civil Division. From September of 1992 through January of 1999, Judge Lefelt served in each of the Family, Criminal and Civil Divisions until a temporary assignment in the Appellate Division in February of 1999.
Judge Lefelt graduated from Rutgers University in 1962 and the Rutgers University Law School in 1965 where he was Editor of the Rutgers Law Review. He is married and the father of two sons.