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For immediate release: June 24, 2005
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Appellate Division to Sit in Freehold

Oral arguments in five appellate cases will be heard at the Monmouth County Courthouse at 71 Monument Park in Freehold on June 28, today announced Judge Edwin H. Stern, presiding judge for administration of the Appellate Division of New Jersey Superior Court. Because this is the first time the Appellate Division will sit in Freehold, this date offers an unusual opportunity for local students, attorneys and members of the public to view oral arguments in front of the appellate judges. Appellate Division Judges Mary Catherine Cuff and Francine I. Axelrad and will hear arguments beginning at 10 a.m. in room 307M on that date.

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. Recently, the Appellate Division has expanded the list of appellate argument locations to include New Brunswick, Paterson, Toms River and Woodbury.

“We have received a great deal of positive feedback from members of the legal community who have been able to attend appellate arguments in these alternate locations,” said Judge Stern. “We will continue to provide these opportunities to attorneys practicing around the state, as well as students and members of the public who would like to observe the appellate process firsthand.”

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.

Oral arguments also will be heard in Freehold on August 9, when Appellate Judges Clarkson S. Fisher Jr. and Susan L. Reisner will preside. The full appellate calendar can be accessed at njcourtsonline.com. Under “Information Desk” click on “Calendars and Schedules,” then “Appellate Court Calendar.”
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