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Ewing Resident Named Assistant Director of Civil Practice at the Administrative Office of the Courts
Kevin M. Wolfe of Ewing, Mercer County, has been named the assistant director of civil practice for the Administrative Office of the Courts, today announced Judge Glenn A. Grant, acting administrative director of the courts. Wolfe succeeds Jane Castner, who retired on Jan. 1.
Wolfe, an attorney, will oversee the 23-member civil practice division at the Administrative Office of the Courts, which works with the statewide Conference of Civil Presiding Judges and the Conference of Civil Division Managers to set consistent statewide standards for processes and procedures that will aide in the timely resolution of civil disputes, including small claims, landlord-tenant, special civil, civil and general equity cases. In all, the civil division of the New Jersey Judiciary resolved more than 728,000 cases during the past court year.
“Kevin’s dedication and his leadership skills make him an excellent choice for this position,” said Judge Grant. “He has provided us with critical leadership throughout our efforts to address New Jersey’s recent foreclosure crisis and he is a terrific resource for judges and court staff who have come to rely on his experience and insights. He will bring to his new role an expansive understanding of how the civil courts work and how they can best serve the public,” he said.
Judge Grant praised the outgoing leader. “Jane Castner played an invaluable role in standardizing the civil courts around the state to ensure that each county provides the same level of high quality service to all of our civil court users. We benefitted greatly from her legal expertise, her leadership skills and her knowledge of case management.”
A graduate of Newark College of Engineering and Rutgers School of Law-Camden, Wolfe began his legal career as a staff attorney at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection before moving to the Department of Labor & Industry. He later joined the Trenton law firm of Blackburn Carmichael & Blackburn and opened a solo practice in Trenton in 1980. While in private practice, Wolfe served as the deputy surrogate for Mercer County, overseeing a staff of eight and assisting the probate judge in resolving contested cases.
In 1993, Wolfe joined the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety as a deputy attorney general handling escheats, unclaimed property and inheritance tax litigation. He also taught in the paralegal program at Mercer County Community College.
Wolfe was named a chief in the civil practice division of the New Jersey Judiciary in August 2000. Since that time, he has overseen the administration of the Judiciary’s general equity and probate part cases. His duties included developing statewide policies and procedures for processing general equity and probate part cases, writing proposals for new programs, such as the foreclosure monitoring program introduced in 2009, analyzing proposed legislation affecting civil court operations, acting as a liaison with various governmental agencies on matters involving probate, guardianship and foreclosure, teaching civil court judges and staff in various training settings.
Most recently, Wolfe has been heavily involved in the courts’ efforts to address the foreclosure crisis in New Jersey by working closely with other agencies to offer the Foreclosure Mediation Program to help homeowners and banks as they try to work out agreements. He also has worked closely with other Judiciary managers and staff to develop an electronic filing system for foreclosure cases that will help the courts process those cases more efficiently.