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For immediate release: Jan. 11, 2005
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Tammy Kendig

New Location for Appellate Division Hearings

The Appellate Division has expanded its list of sites where oral arguments are held, today announced Judge Edwin H. Stern, presiding judge for administration of the Appellate Division of New Jersey Superior Court. Appellate arguments have been scheduled in courthouses in Mount Holly, New Brunswick, Paterson and Toms River. These alternative sites offer an unusual opportunity for local students, attorneys and members of the public to view appellate arguments.

Normally, there are only four locations around the state where appellate arguments are heard: Trenton, Hackensack, Morristown, and Atlantic City. In addition, the Appellate Division schedules arguments on the campus of Rutgers University School of Law-Newark several times per year to give law students the opportunity to attend and learn from these arguments.

"By expanding the number of locations where oral arguments are held, we are able not only to accommodate the needs of the attorneys who will present these cases, but also to give additional students and members of the public the opportunity to observe the appellate process," said Judge Stern.

The Appellate Division of Superior Court is the state's intermediate appellate court. It receives appeals from the trial courts, the Tax Court, and the state's administrative agencies, and also may consider interlocutory motions from cases pending in these venues. The 35 judges in the Appellate Division serve in one of eight parts, with the senior judge in each part serving as the presiding judge who manages the workflow. The division receives approximately 7,000 appeals each year. Every case is heard by a panel of two or three judges whose decision is delivered in a written opinion.

Arguments will be heard in Mount Holly on Jan. 12 and Mar. 2; in New Brunswick on Feb. 8, Apr. 12 and May 17; in Paterson on Mar. 15 and May 3; and in Toms River on Mar. 16, Apr. 6 and May 11. Additional dates for alternative sites are being planned. The full appellate calendar can be accessed at http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/appdiv/calendar.htm

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