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For immediate release: June 25, 2008
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Judge Alexander P. Waugh Jr. Named to Appellate Division

Superior Court Presiding Judge Alexander P. Waugh Jr. will be elevated to the Appellate Division effective Aug. 1, New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced today.

The Appellate Division of the Superior Court is New Jersey's intermediate Appellate Court. The 33 Appellate Division judges hear appeals from decisions of the Trial Courts, the Tax Court and state administrative agencies. The Appellate Division decides approximately 7,000 appeals and 7,500 motions each year.

Judge Waugh currently serves as the presiding judge of the General Equity Part of the Middlesex Vicinage. Appointed to the bench in 1998, Judge Waugh served in the Family Division until moving to the Civil Division in 2001. He was named presiding judge of the General Equity Part in 2007.

After earning a bachelor's degree from Columbia College and a law degree from Rutgers Law School-Newark, Judge Waugh served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Lawrence A. Whipple of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. In 1978 he joined the Office of the Governor as assistant counsel, leaving for private practice in 1980. He later joined the Office of the Attorney General as an assistant attorney general serving under five attorneys general.

Judge Waugh has served on the Supreme Court Committee on Family Practice and the Supreme Court Committee on Civil Practice. He has played a leadership role in the state's attorney discipline system, serving on the Supreme Court's District VII Ethics Committee as secretary and then chair.

Judge Waugh's father preceded him on the bench. First appointed to the bench in 1948, Alexander Waugh Sr. served in the Superior Court from 1956 to 1972. He was the assignment judge in the Essex Vicinage from 1957 until 1965 before being named assignment judge in the Morris, Sussex and Warren Vicinage, as it was named then. He retired in 1972 and died in 1998, shortly after administering the judicial oath to his son.

Judge Waugh, formerly of Princeton, lives in Lambertville with his wife Barbara, a lawyer who works for the federal government. He has three children: David, a paleontologist; Bec, a video artist; and Abigail, a social worker. His hobbies are reading medieval and European history and political science, listening to classical music, gardening and bird watching.

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