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For immediate release: March 13, 2006
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Judge Christine L. Miniman Named to Appellate Division

Superior Court Judge Christine L. Miniman has been named to the Appellate Division effective March 27, announced Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz today.

"Judge Miniman has demonstrated a keen grasp of the law and superior analytical skills, both of which are critical to appellate work. She will be a credit to any appellate panel on which she serves," said Chief Justice Poritz.

Judge Miniman holds a B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Upon graduation from law school, she served as a law clerk for Judge Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit. A career in corporate law and in private practice preceded her appointment to the bench in 1993 by Gov. James J. Florio.

First assigned to the Civil Division in the Passaic Vicinage, Judge Miniman was then assigned to the Morris/Sussex Vicinage in 1998 and served in the Civil and Family Divisions in that vicinage. She returned to the Passaic Vicinage in 2002. She has served on the Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Salaries and Pensions and currently serves on the Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Courts.

The Appellate Division of the Superior Court is the state's intermediate appellate court. Appellate Division judges are named by the chief justice from among the judges of the Superior Court. Each of the 35 appellate judges is assigned to one of eight parts; each case is heard by a two- or three-judge panel formed by members of one part.

"I am pleased to accept this appointment and, although I will miss the wonderful judges and staff I have worked with in Passaic, I am really looking forward to this new challenge," said Judge Miniman.

Judge Miniman and her husband Arnold, a municipal court judge, live in Boonton Township. They have two daughters, Larisa, a homemaker, and Jennifer, a student, and one son, Stuart, a manager at EMC.

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