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Howard H. Berchtold Jr. Named Trial Court Administrator for Atlantic and Cape May Vicinage

Assignment Judge Valerie H. Armstrong of the Atlantic/Cape May Vicinage today announced the appointment of Howard H. Berchtold Jr. as trial court administrator.

Under New Jersey court rules, the administrative director of the courts appoints the trial court administrator in each vicinage. Acting Administrative Director Philip S. Carchman said that he named Mr. Berchtold on the strong recommendation of Judge Armstrong.

The trial court administrator is the highest ranking staff executive in the vicinage in charge of all court operations, including financial management, human resources, information systems, case coordination, case flow management, probation services, jury utilization, facilities, equipment, maintenance, records management and statistical analysis.

Mr. Berchtold joined the Atlantic/Cape May vicinage as municipal court liaison in 1981, and served as the vicinage jury manager from 1983 to 1985. In 1985, he was named Municipal Division manager and also assumed the role of assistant trial court administrator, helping to manage the vicinage during the occasional absence of the trial court administrator. He has been the acting trial court administrator since December 2005.

"Howard knows this vicinage inside and out. We have relied on his wisdom and leadership in many capacities over the years," said Judge Armstrong. "He is an assured and experienced manager and I have no doubt he will assume this new role with his usual composure, " she added.

Mr. Berchtold holds a B.A. from Stockton State College and became a fellow of the Institute for Court Management in 1986 after completing the Court Executive Development Program of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). He has taught court management strategies to a wide variety of audiences and is an active member of both NCSC and the National Association for Court Management, and he is currently the vice president of the Mid-Atlantic Association for Court Management.

"I have enjoyed every moment of my Judiciary career and, I am particularly looking forward to developing new programs in the areas of training and case management. I thank Judge Armstrong and Judge Carchman for this opportunity and I believe we can make the Judiciary, and in particular the Atlantic/Cape May vicinage, an even stronger organization," said Mr. Berchtold.

Mr. Berchtold and his wife Donna Marie, a music teacher, reside in Galloway Township with their two daughters, Lauren and Heather.

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