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For immediate release: July 18, 2011
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Judge Jerome M. St. John Elevated to Appellate Division of Superior Court

Superior Court Judge Jerome M. St. John 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.

Appointed to the Superior Court in 2006 by Gov. Jon Corzine, Judge St. John served in the criminal division in the Essex Vicinage until 2009, when he was transferred to the civil division. He returned to the criminal division last year and has remained there until his elevation to the Appellate Division.

A graduate of Villanova University and Seton Hall School of Law, Judge St. John began his legal career in private practice, first at the Newark firm of Kraft & Hughes, and later as a partner at St. John & Wayne in Newark and New York City.

Judge St. John also served on the Essex Fells School Board, and the Essex Fells Town Council. He was mayor of Essex Fells from 1996 to 1998. From 2004 to 2005 he served as chairman of the Essex County Utilities Authority.

“This appointment is truly an honor and I am grateful to the Chief Justice for his confidence in me,” said Judge St. John. “I look forward to working on the appellate bench and I want to thank Assignment Judge Patricia K. Costello, my fellow judges and all of the wonderful people in Essex who have made my time there so enjoyable.”

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