For immediate release: July 2, 2009
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Superior Court Judge Jonathan N. Harris of Bergen County Elevated to Appellate Division
Chief Justice Stuart Rabner today signed an order appointing Judge Jonathan N. Harris of Bergen 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 Harris was nominated by then-Gov. Thomas H. Kean in 1989 and has sat in the civil, criminal and family divisions in Bergen Vicinage. Judge Harris was reappointed in 1996 by then-Gov. Christie Whitman. In 2005, he was designated one of four judges in the state to hear mass tort cases.
Judge Harris is a graduate of Brown University and New York University School of Law. Prior to his judicial career, Judge Harris focused his private practice in the areas of land use development, tax appeals and chancery litigation. He also served as general and special counsel to several banking and municipal corporations and public utilities.
Judge Harris lives in Upper Saddle River with his wife Karen. The couple has two children, Joshua and Rachel. In his spare time, Judge Harris enjoys gardening, visiting botanical gardens and museums and reading, cooking and traveling.