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Superior Court Judge Peter E. Doyne Named Assignment Judge of Bergen Vicinage
Chief Justice Stuart Rabner today named Bergen County General Equity Presiding Judge Peter E. Doyne assignment judge of the Bergen Vicinage. Judge Doyne will succeed Assignment Judge Sybil R. Moses, who will retire effective Oct. 1.
In announcing the appointment, Chief Justice Rabner said, "As presiding judge for general equity, and for civil before that, Judge Doyne has proven himself a very capable, wise and effective leader in the Bergen Vicinage. Judge Doyne takes the helm of a vicinage led by a true pioneer in our Judiciary, and he is well-positioned for a smooth transition."
Appointed to the bench by Gov. Jim Florio, Judge Doyne took the oath of judicial office on March 16, 1993. He was reappointed by Gov. Christine Todd Whitman on Feb. 28, 2000. Judge Doyne served first in the civil division, and he was named presiding judge of the division on April 1, 1997. He was assigned to the general equity part of the civil division on June 1, 2004 and was chosen to lead the general equity part on Feb. 26, 2006.
In addition to his judicial assignments, Judge Doyne has been the designated acting assignment judge in the Bergen Vicinage since 2006. The acting assignment judge oversees the administration of vicinage operations during the occasional absence of the assignment judge.
"As a lifelong Bergen County resident, I am particularly honored to be asked to serve the people of Bergen County in this new capacity," said Judge Doyne. "I am gratified by and grateful for Chief Justice Rabner's appointment, and I will work diligently to try to ensure, on his behalf and all those we serve, fair, timely and compassionate judicial review. I would also thank Judge Moses, as well as my colleagues and staff in the Bergen Vicinage, for their support, their generosity and their dedication to excellence. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such a talented group of people," he added.
Judge Doyne was born in New York City on June 18, 1951. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Lafayette College and a law degree from Rutgers Law School - Newark. He worked in private practice until his appointment to the bench.
Since his appointment to the bench, Judge Doyne has served on the Supreme Court Special Committee on Peremptory Challenges and Jury Voir Dire, the Committee on Salaries and Pensions and the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct. He also served as the president of the Morris Pashman American Inn of Court.
A resident of Oradell, Judge Doyne has four sons: Brooks, Alexander, Nicholas and Luke. He enjoys reading and gardening, having left the golf game for motions.
New Jersey's Judiciary is divided into 15 vicinages, each headed by an assignment judge who is the chief judicial officer and is responsible for the administration of all court units within the vicinage. As assignment judge of the Bergen Vicinage, Judge Doyne will oversee approximately 500 staff members, as well as 32 judges and 72 municipal courts.