Justice Fernandez-Vina was nominated to the Supreme Court by Gov. Chris Christie on Sept. 30, 2013 and was sworn into office on Nov. 19, 2013 following confirmation by the state Senate.
Born on Feb. 15, 1952 in Santiago, Cuba, Justice Fernandez-Vina was appointed to the Superior Court bench by then-Gov. James E. McGreevey on July 16, 2004. Judge Fernandez-Vina first sat in the civil division of the Camden Vicinage. He moved to the family division in 2006 and was named presiding judge of the civil division on Feb. 1, 2007. Chief Justice Stuart Rabner named him assignment judge of the Camden Vicinage on Jan. 11, 2012.
A graduate of Widener University and Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, Justice Fernandez-Vina served as a law clerk to Superior Court Judge E. Stevenson Fluharty before going into private practice. He became a certified civil trial attorney and has served on the District IV Ethics Committee, the Supreme Court Committee on Character and the Supreme Court Committee on Jury Selection. While on the bench, Justice Fernandez-Vina has served on a number of committees, including the Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on the Code of Judicial Conduct and the Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee.