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For immediate release:January 7, 2004
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Judge Walter R. Barisonek Appointed Assignment Judge in Union Vicinage

Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz today announced the appointment of Superior Court Judge Walter R. Barisonek as the Assignment Judge of Vicinage 12, Union County, effective January 15. Judge Barisonek currently serves in the Criminal Division in Union Vicinage. He will fill the vacancy that will be created by the retirement of Assignment Judge Edward W. Beglin.

“Judge Barisonek has nearly twenty years of experience on the bench and a strong record of service to the vicinage and to the Judiciary,” said the Chief Justice. “I am confident that he will lead Union Vicinage well,” she added.

Judge Barisonek was appointed to the bench by Gov. Thomas H. Kean in 1984 and was reappointed with tenure by Gov. James J. Florio in 1991. Prior to his appointment, he was in private practice and served as municipal prosecutor in the township of Clark, New Jersey. He holds a B.A. from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York and a J.D. from Seton Hall Law School.

After initially serving in the Family Division of the Superior Court in Union Vicinage, Judge Barisonek was made presiding judge of that division before working in both the Civil and Criminal Divisions in the vicinage. He was the presiding judge of the Criminal Division in Union from 1993 to 1997. Since 1999, he has filled the role of acting assignment judge on the occasion of Judge Beglin’s absence.

While on the bench, Judge Barisonek has written several published opinions in all areas of the law. He has served on both the New Jersey Supreme Court Criminal Jury Charge Committee and the Judicial Education Committee. In addition to teaching the Skills and Methods course for new lawyers, he has lectured on judicial topics both in New Jersey and at the national level.

“ I appreciate the confidence that Chief Justice Poritz has shown in me in appointing me to this position,” said Judge Barisonek. “I look forward to serving the citizens of Union County in this new capacity.”

Judge Barisonek resides in Mountainside with his wife Kathleen, a nurse. They have three sons, Michael, Gregory, and Kevin, and a daughter, Maureen Parker. In addition, they have two grandchildren.

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