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For immediate release: July 2, 2009
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Superior Court Judge Victor Ashrafi of Somerset County Elevated to Appellate Division

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner today signed an order appointing Judge Victor Ashrafi of Somerset County to the Appellate Division effective Aug. 1.

The Appellate Division of the Superior Court is New Jersey's intermediate Appellate Court. 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 Ashrafi served in the civil, criminal and family divisions in Somerset/Hunterdon/Warren Vicinage and was assigned temporarily to the Appellate Division from February until May of this year. He was appointed to the bench in 1995 by then-Gov. Christie Whitman and was reappointed by then-Gov. James E. McGreevey in 2002.

Judge Ashrafi previously served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. He is a graduate of Amherst College, Stanford University and Cornell Law School.

Judge Ashrafi was 8 years old when he immigrated to the United States from Iran with his family 50 years ago. He was raised in Dunellen.

Judge Ashrafi lives in Basking Ridge with his wife Ginny. The couple has four children, Mandy, Melissa, Will and Alex. In his spare time, Judge Ashrafi enjoys reading, cooking and playing golf.

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