Judge Harold B. Wells III, Burlington Assignment Judge, Elevated to Appellate Division

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June 15, 2000

Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz today signed an order appointing Judge Harold B. Wells III to the Appellate Division effective September 1, 2000.

Judge Wells currently serves as the Assignment Judge in the Burlington Vicinage. He was appointed to the bench in Burlington County in 1977 by Gov. Brendan Byrne and to the Superior Court in 1979. He had served as Presiding Judge of the Chancery Division of Burlington County from 1982 to 1990, when he was appointed Assignment Judge. Judge Wells also is a member of both the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Extrajudicial Activities and the Labor Relations Committee.

The Appellate Division is comprised of 32 judges and Judge Wells' appointment will fill the vacancy of recently retired Judge Paul G. Levy.

"Judge Wells' intellect and experience will add to the tradition of quality and excellence of the New Jersey appellate bench," said Chief Justice Poritz.

A 1954 graduate of Bordentown Military Institute, Judge Wells received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University in l958 and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1961. He served as a Judge Advocate with the U.S. Navy from l961 to l965 and, upon his honorable discharge, joined his father and uncle at Wells Hillman and Wells, the law firm founded by his grandfather, Harold B. Wells.

Judge Wells followed his grandfather's footsteps into the courtroom as well. The first Harold B. Wells served as Common Pleas Judge of Burlington County from 1919 to 1924. He then served from 1930 to 1948 on the Court of Errors and Appeals, a higher court that was replaced by today's Supreme Court in 1948 under the new State Constitution.

A resident of Moorestown, NJ, Judge Wells and his wife Mary have two children, John Wells and Becky Wells Laster and a new granddaughter, Helen Grace Laster.

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