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Judge Graham T. Ross Appointed Assignment Judge in Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren

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Eugene Farkas at the Court (908) 231-7624
For release: June 19, 2001
Winnie Comfort, AOC (609) 292-9580

Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz today announced the appointment of Superior Court Judge Graham T. Ross as the Assignment Judge of Vicinage 13, Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren Counties, effective immediately. Judge Ross currently serves as the Presiding Judge of the Family Division in the vicinage and as chair of the statewide Conference of Family Presiding Judges. He will fill the vacancy created by the recent death of Assignment Judge Robert E. Guterl.

"Judge Ross is an innovative leader, dedicated to continuously improving services to court users. His experience in leading the Conference of Family Presiding Judges will hold him in good stead as he meets the challenges of providing leadership for the vicinage," said the Chief Justice.

Judge Ross, 57, was appointed to the bench by Gov. Thomas Kean in 1986 and was reappointed with tenure by Gov. Jim Florio in 1993. Prior to his appointment, he was a solo practitioner in Somerville in Somerset County. He graduated from Gettysburg College and Seton Hall Law School.

After initially serving in the Civil Division of the Superior Court in Somerset County, Judge Ross became presiding judge of the Family Division in 1990. He has been a leader in the Judiciary's efforts to improve services to victims of domestic violence. Since 1991, Judge Ross has served as vice-chair of the statewide Domestic Violence Working Group and most recently has been leading a team in reviewing the handling of domestic violence cases in Superior Court around the state. Judge Ross has lectured on domestic violence, custody and visitation and other family court topics at the annual Judicial College for all New Jersey judges and at the Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

In addition to his contribution to the courts in the area of services for domestic violence, Judge Ross has served on Supreme Court task forces on Special Civil Part, Drugs and the Courts, and Juveniles and the Justice System and on the Supreme Court Committee on Municipal Courts. As an assignment judge, Judge Ross will join the Judicial Council.

Judge Ross is married to the former Linda J. Malsbury of Allentown, NJ. They live in Bridgewater, and have two adult children, Scott and Stephanie. His parents, Graham and Helen Ross live in Bedminster. Judge Ross is a sportsman who enjoys golf and boating and fishing with family and friends.

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