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For immediate release:September 30, 2003
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Justice Verniero to Retire at Conclusion of Current Court Term


Trenton, NJ -- Justice Peter G. Verniero will retire from the Supreme Court at the conclusion of the Court's current term on August 31, 2004, Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz announced today.

In a prepared statement, Justice Verniero stated: "It has been a great honor and privilege to serve as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court. However, economic realities require that I seek employment in the private sector."

"I am grateful for the opportunity to have contributed these past years to the positive development of New Jersey law in many areas," he added.

On behalf of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Poritz said, "Justice Verniero has served with dedication and distinction since he joined the Supreme Court in 1999. Although we deeply regret the announced departure of our valued colleague and friend, we look forward to his thoughtful and incisive participation in the matters that will be considered during the remainder of the Court's term."

Justice Verniero, 44, was appointed to the Court by Governor Christine Todd Whitman and was sworn on September 1, 1999. To date, he has authored 102 judicial opinions, including 58 majority opinions for the Court. Those opinions have covered a wide variety of legal topics. He will continue to serve and decide cases until the conclusion of the Court's current term.

A copy of the justice's statement and a summary of his judicial opinions are available online at www.njcourtsonline.com. In keeping with the practice of sitting associate justices, Justice Verniero will have no additional public comment at this time.

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