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For immediate release: September 18, 2006
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Appellate Division to Sit at Rutgers Law School-Newark


Oral arguments in five appellate cases will be heard at Rutgers Law School-Newark on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 123 Washington Street, Newark, today announced Judge Edwin H. Stern, presiding judge for administration of the Appellate Division of New Jersey Superior Court. The Appellate Division sits at Rutgers Law School-Newark at various times throughout the court year to give local students, attorneys and members of the public the opportunity to view oral arguments in front of the appellate judges. Appellate Division Judges Dorothea O'C. Wefing, Clarkson S. Fisher Jr. and Joseph L. Yannotti will hear arguments beginning at 10 a.m. in room 125 on that date.

Normally, there are only four locations around the state where appellate arguments are heard: Trenton, Hackensack, Morristown, and Atlantic City. Recently, the Appellate Division has expanded the list of appellate argument locations to include New Brunswick, Paterson and Mt. Holly.

"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.

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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