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Judge Parrillo Named to Appellate Division

For further information contact: Linda Holt, AOC, (609) 292-9580
For release: May 29, 2001
Jude Del Preore, Mercer Vicinage, (609) 278-7986

Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz has announced the appointment of the Honorable Anthony J. Parrillo--one of the chief architects of the Judiciary’s strategic plan to implement the unification of the courts statewide--to the Appellate Division effective August 1. A resident of Titusville, N.J., Judge Parrillo has served as Superior Court Judge, Law Division, in both the Camden and Mercer Vicinages, since October 1990; and Presiding Judge, Chancery Division, General Equity Part, Mercer County, in the Mercer Vicinage since April 1997.

“Judge Parrillo is widely respected for his fairness, intelligence and sound judgment,” said the Chief Justice. “We welcome his breadth of vision to the Appellate Division.”

Judge Parrillo chaired the Judiciary Strategic Planning Committee 1996-98, leading a 34-member committee composed of judges, court administrators, lawyers from private and public sectors, academics, and labor and community leaders. The committee’s report was endorsed by the New Jersey Supreme Court and recommended the unification of a statewide Judiciary and standardization through the adoption of “best practices.” He also served as chair of the Conference of General Equity Presiding Judges.

Governor James Florio appointed Judge Parrillo to Superior Court on Oct. 16, 1990. Prior to his appointment to Superior Court, Judge Parrillo held several leadership positions. He has served as Executive Assistant Attorney General, Civil Law and Regulatory Affairs, the second-highest position in the Department of Law and Public Safety, from 1989-90. He served as Director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement and Assistant Attorney General with the Department of Law and Public Safety from 1985-90, and Deputy Director from 1982-85.

Judge Parrillo served as Special Assistant to the Attorney General for the state from 1981-82 and Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Chief, Appellate Section, Division of Criminal Justice from 1976-81. He served as Law Secretary to Judge Joseph M. Thuring, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, in 1976. Born in Newark, he graduated cum laude from Washington & Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Va., and received an A.B. in history from Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

Married to Deborah Parrillo and the father of three children, Judge Parrillo enjoys travel, writing and lecturing.

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