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For immediate release: January 15, 2009
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Superior Court Judge Katherine R. Dupuis Named Family Division Presiding Judge

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner has designated Superior Court Judge Katherine R. Dupuis as presiding judge of the family division for the Union Vicinage. The appointment, which is effective Feb. 1, was announced today by Union Vicinage Assignment Judge Walter R. Barisonek. She succeeds Superior Court Judge Karen M. Cassidy, whose appointment as assignment judge for the retiring Judge Barisonek also will be effective Feb. 1.

Presiding judges are responsible for the day-to-day management of their divisions, in conjunction with the division manager and under the direction of the assignment judge. This includes assigning calendars, prioritizing cases, and making recommendations to the assignment judge regarding the allocation of judicial resources. In addition, presiding judges serve on statewide conferences in their respective practice areas to consider and recommend policies and procedures to the administrative director of the courts.

"Judge Dupuis has served in all three divisions of Superior Court and has accumulated a wealth of experience on the bench. She is an experienced and highly respected judge whom I have enjoyed working with over the years. I know that she will be a critical resource for incoming Assignment Judge Karen M. Cassidy," said Judge Barisonek.

Judge Dupuis was named to the bench in 1993 by Gov. Jim Florio. First assigned to the civil bench in the Hunterdon/Warren/Somerset Vicinage, Judge Dupuis came to the Union Vicinage in 1995. She first served in the civil division, and then in the family division. She was reassigned to the criminal division in 1999, returning to the civil bench in 2004.

A graduate of Chestnut Hill College and Seton Hall University School of Law, Judge Dupuis began her legal career as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Vincent P. Biunno. She joined the Union County Prosecutor's Office in 1980 as an assistant prosecutor, leaving in 1982 to go into private practice. She served on the District XII Ethics Committee from 1983 to 1986, holding the position of vice chair in 1986. She also served on the Supreme Court Criminal Practice Committee. She serves on the Supreme Court Committee on Outside Activities.

"I am honored by this appointment and look forward to the challenges of this new assignment." said Judge Dupuis.

Judge Dupuis is a resident of Scotch Plains.

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