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For immediate release: July 2, 2009
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Superior Court Judge Marianne Espinosa of Union County Elevated to Appellate Division

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner today signed an order appointing Judge Marianne Espinosa of Union 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 Espinosa was appointed to the Superior Court by then-Acting Gov. Richard J. Codey and took her oath of office on July 22, 2005. She has served two separate terms in the Superior Court, most recently in the civil and criminal divisions in Union Vicinage. Judge Espinosa was assigned temporarily to the Appellate Division from March until May of this year. In a previous term she served in the civil, criminal and family divisions in Morris/Sussex Vicinage.

She has served on the Supreme Court Civil Practice and Criminal Model Jury Charge Committees.

In addition to her judicial career, Judge Espinosa was an assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, a deputy state attorney general, assistant counsel to an insurance company and in private practice. She is a graduate of New York University and Rutgers School of Law-Newark.

Judge Espinosa, a Summit resident, has two daughters. Meredith Murphy is a New Jersey attorney and Flannery Murphy is studying for her doctorate in psychology.

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