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For immediate release: July 18, 2011
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Judge Margaret M. Hayden Elevated to Appellate Division of Superior Court

Superior Court Judge Margaret M. Hayden 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 35 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 Hayden has served in the family division in the Essex Vicinage since her appointment to the bench by Gov. James E. McGreevey in 2004. A former member of the statewide Domestic Violence Working Group, Judge Hayden served as the lead judge on domestic violence cases from 2004 to 2006. She served as lead judge for Children in Court (dependency) cases and for the Newark Model Court from 2008 to 2011.

A graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, Judge Hayden began her legal career in 1973 at the Newark firm of Ball, Hayden, Livingston & Smith. In 1985, she joined the Environmental Protection Bureau of the New York Office of the Attorney General as assistant attorney general.

In 1987, Judge Hayden joined Rutgers University’s Environmental Law Clinic, where she worked as a senior attorney training law students in complex litigation involving environmental law. 

Judge Hayden was named an administrative law judge by Gov. Christie Whitman in 1996, where she remained until her appointment to the Superior Court.

“I am delighted to be able to serve the people of New Jersey in this new role,” said Judge Hayden. “I believe the judges and staff of the New Jersey Judiciary are the best anywhere, and it is an honor to work with them.”


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