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Judge Michael J. Haas Elevated to Appellate Division
Superior Court Judge Michael J. Haas will be elevated to the Appellate Division effective Aug. 1, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced today.
The Appellate Division of the Superior Court is New Jersey's intermediate appellate court. The 32 Appellate Division judges hear appeals from decisions of the trial courts, the Tax Court and state administrative agencies. The Appellate Division decides approximately 6,500 appeals and 7,500 motions each year.
Judge Haas was appointed to the bench in 2007 by Gov. Jon Corzine. He began his judicial career in the family division in the Burlington Vicinage, moving to the criminal division in 2010. Judge Haas served a temporary assignment to the Appellate Division earlier this year.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers College, Judge Haas attended Rutgers School of Law-Camden, receiving his law degree in 1979. He served as a law clerk to Appellate Division Judge John W. Fritz.
Judge Haas began his public service career as a deputy attorney general in the Division of Law within the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety. He became assistant section chief in the health, education and labor section, and then section chief in the health and human services section. In 1994, he was named assistant attorney general for administrative agency advice and then assistant attorney general for appeals.
“As a lifelong public servant, I have been fortunate to work with so many talented and dedicated people in this state. I am delighted to be able to serve in this new capacity,” said Judge Haas.