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Chief Justice Appoints Essex Judge Glenn Grant to Top Administrator Post
Chief Justice Stuart Rabner today announced his appointment of Essex Superior Court Judge Glenn A. Grant as acting administrative director of the courts. He will begin his assignment on Sept. 1.
Judge Grant will succeed Appellate Division Judge Philip S. Carchman, who has served as acting administrative director of the courts since September 2004. On Sept. 1, Judge Carchman will return to the Appellate Division to serve as presiding judge of Part F.
Judge Grant, who is African American, will be the first minority administrative director in the history of New Jersey's Judiciary. He was sworn in as a Superior Court judge on Aug. 20, 1998 and was reappointed with tenure on June 20, 2005. He is presiding judge of the Family Division in Essex County and chair of the Conference of Family Presiding Judges. He has served in the Essex Vicinage Family Division since his appointment and was named presiding judge on Sept. 1, 2003.
Judge Grant, 56, earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Lehigh University, earned his law degree from Catholic University and studied executive management at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 1978 he was admitted to practice law in New Jersey and in United States District Court. Judge Grant began his legal career as corporate counsel for the City of Newark. He then was appointed business administrator for the city, where he was responsible for managing more than 4,000 employees and a budget of more than $500 million. Judge Grant served in that position for six years, until his appointment to the bench.
"Judge Grant stands out as a leader among his peers, a thoughtful, passionate and innovative jurist and a strong manager. His colleagues in the Essex courthouse and around the state have been enriched by his service as Family Division presiding judge," Chief Justice Rabner said.
"I am grateful to Judge Grant for accepting this new assignment and look forward to working together on the challenges that lie ahead," Rabner said.
As chair of the Conference of Family Presiding Judges, Judge Grant is a member of the Judicial Council, an advisory body to the Supreme Court that includes the Judiciary's assignment judges, judicial conference chairs, administrative director and deputy director. In addition to his policy-making role on the Council and his work on the Family Division bench, Judge Grant is a member of both the National and State Councils of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns; and co-chair of the Essex County Youth Services Commission. He has served on the Supreme Court Committee on Domestic Violence and has been an instructor on family law issues for judges and for attorneys at conferences and seminars throughout the state. A West Orange resident, Judge Grant is married to Roslyn Holmes Grant, a Newark municipal court judge. They have two children, Taylor, 14 and Glenn, 12.
"My experience has taught me that New Jersey's judges and court staff are among the most dedicated and caring public servants in the state. I will succeed only with their continued commitment to justice and the rule of law," said Judge Grant.
"I am grateful to Chief Justice Rabner for this opportunity and humbled by the enormity of the task ahead - to continue the rich traditions of the finest court system in the nation, while we face the great challenges before us.
"Even in the face of budgetary constraints, we must continue to expand our outreach to the diverse citizenry of this state and continue to provide a forum for each and every citizen to receive a timely and fair resolution of their issues before the court.
"It is in this context that I will ask my colleagues on the bench and in the offices in every courthouse in the state and here in Trenton to work with me and alongside me for every citizen who needs our assistance," Judge Grant said.
"And, of course, I cannot step into this new assignment without offering thanks to Judge Carchman. We are all grateful to him for his willingness to step down from the appellate bench and lead us through extraordinary times of change. I wish him well and am proud to take on the tasks he so deftly managed," said Judge Grant.
Chief Justice Rabner praised the outgoing administrative director. "Judge Carchman has guided the day-to-day operations of the court system for the past three and one-half years with a unique blend of skill, judgment and wisdom. He has served the entire Judiciary, including three chief justices, with distinction. It has been a remarkable opportunity for all of us to work with such a gifted and inspiring leader."
On the appointment of the new acting administrative director Judge Carchman said, "I congratulate Judge Grant and I wish him all the best. I am confident that his tenure will be marked with success and accomplishment. He will have the unique opportunity to work with an extraordinary chief justice and Supreme Court to chart the direction and the policies that will continue the tradition of excellence that is the hallmark of the New Jersey Judiciary."
About his own tenure as administrative director, Judge Carchman said, "I know that Judge Grant will find what I did when I first stepped out of the familiar world of the courtroom and into the day-to-day operation and management of hundreds of judges, thousands of staff, hundreds of thousands of dollars and millions of cases. I know that he will accomplish great things because he will be managing a workforce dedicated to greatness. I am looking forward, certainly, to returning to the relative calm of appellate chambers, but not without reflecting on the most extraordinary assembly of people I have ever had the good fortune to call my colleagues. My life has been enriched by knowing and working with all of them."
Judge Carchman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce in 1963 and obtained his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1966.
While practicing law in the private sector, Judge Carchman served in the part-time position of municipal court judge in both Princeton Township and Princeton Borough. In 1981, he was named Mercer County prosecutor, where he served until he was appointed to the bench in 1986. He first served in the Criminal Division in Essex County, and from there was assigned to Mercer County, where he served as presiding judge of the Civil, Family and General Equity Divisions. In 1995, Judge Carchman was named assignment judge of the Mercer Vicinage. Chief Justice Poritz assigned him to the Appellate Division in 1997. He has sat in every judicial assignment, including a temporary assignment to the Supreme Court.
Judge Carchman and his wife, Jo Ann, who is retired from her career as director of community relations for Princeton University Art Museum, have two daughters. Rebecca is a physician in Asheville, North Carolina and Jennifer is a television documentary producer in New York. They have four grandchildren.
Under the New Jersey Constitution (Article VI, Section VII, Chap. 1), the chief justice is the "administrative head of all the courts in the State." Under the same constitutional provision, the chief justice has the power to appoint an acting administrative director of the courts.
The chief justice delegates general responsibility for overseeing the operation and management of the state's court system to the administrative director. The Judiciary has more than 9,000 employees and a budget in excess of $500 million. Approximately 1 million cases are filed in the Superior Court each year. The Administrative Office of Courts also has administrative oversight of the state's municipal courts, in which another 6 million cases are filed annually.