New Trial Court Administrator in Southern New Jersey

Judge George H. Stanger, Jr., Superior Court Assignment Judge for Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties, today announced the appointment of James R. Castagnoli as trial court administrator.

Mr. Castagnoli is a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management. He has served as assistant trial court administrator (TCA) since June 1993 and as acting TCA since July 2000. He replaces Stephen Fingerman, who retired at the end of June.

Each Superior Court vincinage - or district - has a TCA who, together with the Assignment Judge, is responsible for the overall administration of the courts in the vicinage. The general duties of the TCA include overseeing jury management; ensuring adequate interpreting services for court users who are deaf or who do not speak English; coordinating volunteers who work in the courthouse; providing the media and the general public with information about court operations and programs; supervising records and facilities management; and managing the human resource and budget operations of the vicinage.

"Jim has a proven track record of 27 years of dedication and service to the citizens who use the services of our courthouses and the employees who assist them," said Judge Stanger. "He will lead from experience and by example."

Mr. Castagnoli, 50, began his career in the courts in 1973 in the Cumberland County Probation Department. He became the manager of the Criminal Division of the vicinage in 1984, where he served until he was appointed assistant TCA.

A native of Vineland, Mr. Castagnoli graduated from Sacred Heart High School. He received his BA from Monmouth College in 1972 and his MA from Glassboro College, now Rowan University, in 1980. He has two children, Christopher, 26 and Lori, 22 and one granddaughter, Nicole, four. He resides in Millville, Cumberland County, with his wife Mimi.

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