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District of New Jersey
Third Circuit
NJ-D.gif
Chief:Jerome SimandleJudges:16
Posts:17Vacancies:1
Active judges
BumbCecchiCheslerHillmanHochbergKuglerLinaresMartiniMcNultyPisanoSalasSheridanShippWigentonWolfson
Senior Judges
CooperDebevoiseHaydenIrenasRodriguezThompsonWalls
Magistrate Judges
BongiovanniHughesAreoCechhiFalkSalasShwartzDonioSchneider
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
1.1 Vacancy warning level
1.2 Jurisdiction
1.2.1 Cases heard
1.2.2 Case load
1.3 Clerk's office
1.4 History
1.4.1 Court history
1.4.2 Judicial posts
1.4.3 Notable decisions
1.4.4 Federal courthouse
1.5 Major news
1.6 See also
1.7 External links
1.8 References
2 Judges

The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey is a United States district court. It was established in 1789.

The United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Paul J. Fishman .[1]

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals based in downtown Philadelphia at the James Byrne Courthouse.

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey's vacancy warning level is currently set at blue. The court currently has one vacancy.

Jurisdiction

The Counties of New Jersey (click for larger map)

The jurisdiction of the District of New Jersey consists of all the counties in the state of New Jersey.

The District of New Jersey is divided into three vicinages: Newark, Trenton and Camden. In Newark, the Court operates from two courthouses: The "old" courthouse is the United States Post Office and Court House at One Federal Square. Across Walnut Street is the "new" courthouse -- Martin Luther King, Jr. U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building (50 Walnut Street). The Newark vicinage's clerk's office is located in the Martin Luther King building. In Trenton, the Court operates from the Clarkson S. Fisher Building and U.S. Courthouse (402 East State Street). In Camden, the Court is located at the Mitchell H. Cohen Building and U.S. Courthouse (4th and Cooper Streets).

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals based in downtown Philadelphia at the James Byrne Courthouse.

Possible division

  • In recent years, Congress has considered several bills to allow for two district courts in New Jersey: a northern district court and a southern district court. None have ever passed.

Cases heard

The District of New Jersey has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.

Case load

Federal Court Case Load Statistics*
YearStarting case load:Cases filed:Total cases:Cases terminated:Remaining cases:Median time(Criminal)**:Median time(Civil)**:3 Year Civil cases#:Vacant posts:## Trials/Post
2012 73239693170169189 782711.76321 (4.7%)16.110
2011 68778979158568676 718011.66328 (5.2%)17.811
2010 70627992150548296 675812.36.8306 (5.2%)11.711
2009 73178108154258460 696510.97.6307 (5.1%)012
2008 71487839149877843 714411.67.6362 (5.8%)013
200768557843146987921677710.77.6316 (5.3%)013
*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website and reflect the calendar year through September.    **Time in months from filing to completion.
#This statistic includes cases which have been appealed in higher courts.    ##This is the total number of months that any judicial posts had spent vacant that year.
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Clerk's office

The District of New Jersey has three separate divisions. The official clerk of court is William T. Walsh. Offices are open Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm excluding holidays. Inclement weather cancellations will be announced on the numbers listed below. Please consult the chart below for more information:

Branch Address Phone Weather Phone
Camden Branch Mitchell H. Cohen Building & U.S. Courthouse

4th & Cooper Streets Room 1050 Camden, NJ 08101

856-757-5021 866-726-0726
Newark Division Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse

50 Walnut Street Newark, NJ 07101

973-645-3730 866-208-1405
Trenton Division Clarkson S. Fisher Building & U.S. Courthouse

402 East State Street Room 2020 Trenton, NJ 08608

609-989-2065 866-848-6059

History

Court history

See also: Historical Society of the US District Court for New Jersey

The District of New Jersey was established by Congress on September 24, 1789 with one post to cover the entire state. On February 13, 1801 congress divided the district into Eastern and Western districts, with one post each. The District was reunited into one district with one post on March 8, 1802 and effective July 1, 1802. Over time 16 additional judicial posts were added to the court for a total of 18 current posts.[2]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of New Jersey:

Year Statute Total Seats
September 24, 1789 1 Stat. 73 1
February 13, 1801 2 Stat. 89 2 (1 for each District)
March 8, 1802 2 Stat. 132 1
March 3, 1905 33 Stat. 987 2
April 11, 1916 39 Stat. 48 3
September 14, 1922 42 Stat. 837 4(1 temporary)
May 20, 1932 47 Stat. 161 4
March 24, 1940 54 Stat. 219 5(1 temporary)
December 22, 1944 58 Stat. 887 5
August 3, 1949 63 Stat. 493 6
February 10, 1954 68 Stat. 8 7
May 19, 1961 75 Stat. 80 8
June 2, 1970 84 Stat. 294 10(1 temporary)
1972 Expiration 9
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 11
July 10, 1984 98 Stat. 333 14
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 17
[2]

Notable cases

For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the District of New Jersey.


Federal courthouse

There are three federal courthouses that serve the District of New Jersey.

Major news

For new stories and other related material see New Jersey judicial news.

See also

External links

References

District of New Jersey
Third Circuit
NJ-D.gif
Chief:Jerome SimandleJudges:16
Posts:17Vacancies:1
Active judges
BumbCecchiCheslerHillmanHochbergKuglerLinaresMartiniMcNultyPisanoSalasSheridanShippWigentonWolfson
Senior Judges
CooperDebevoiseHaydenIrenasRodriguezThompsonWalls
Magistrate Judges
BongiovanniHughesAreoCechhiFalkSalasShwartzDonioSchneider
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
2 Judges
2.1 Active Judges
2.1.1 Article III judges
2.1.2 Pending appointments
2.1.3 Senior judges
2.2 Past judges
2.2.1 Former Chief judges
2.2.2 Former judges

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Joel Pisano1949Orange, NJClinton 02/16/2000 - PresentMaryanne BarryLafayette College, B.A., 1971Seton Hall U. Law, J.D., 1974
Judge Freda Wolfson1954Vineland, NJW. Bush 2002-PresentNicholas PolitanRutgers U., B.A., 1976Rutgers U. Law, J.D., 1979
Judge Stanley Chesler1947Brooklyn, NYW. Bush 12/04/2002 - PresentAnne ThompsonHarpur College, B.A., 1968St. Johns U. Law, J.D., 1974
Judge Faith Hochberg1950East Orange, NJClinton 11/15/1999 - PresentJoseph RodriguezTufts U., B.A., 1972Harvard Law, J.D., 1975
Judge Jose Linares1953Havana, CubaW. Bush 12/03/2002 - PresentAlfred LechnerJersey City State U., B.A., 1975Temple Law, J.D., 1978
Judge William Martini1947Passaic, NJW. Bush 11/19/2002 - PresentJohn LiflandVillanova U., B.A., 1968Rutgers U. Law , J.D., 1972
Judge Peter Sheridan1950Cambridge, MAW. Bush 06/12/2006 - PresentStephen OrlofskySt. Peter's College, B.S., 1972Seton Hall U. Law, J.D., 1977
Judge Susan Wigenton1962Neptune, NJW. Bush 06/12/2006 - PresentJohn BissellNorfolk State U., B.A., 1984College of William and Mary, J.D., 1987
Judge Renee Bumb1960Bellevue, OHW. Bush 06/12/2006 - PresentWilliam WallsOhio State U., B.A., 1981Rutgers U. Law, J.D., 1987
Judge Noel Hillman1956Red Bank, NJW. Bush 06/12/2006 - PresentWilliam BasslerMonmouth U., B.A., 1981Seton Hall U. Law, J.D., 1985
Judge Robert Kugler1950Camden, NJW. Bush 12/04/2002 - PresentJoseph IrenasSyracuse U., B.A., 1975Rutgers U. Camden Law School, J.D., 1978
Chief Judge Jerome Simandle1949Binghamton, NYH.W. Bush 05/26/1992 - Present2012 - PresentNew Seat|104 Stat. 5089Princeton, B.S.E., 1971U. of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1976
Judge Claire Cecchi1964Queens, NYObama 6/14/2011 - PresentJoseph GreenawayBarnard College, Columbia U., B.A., 1982Fordham U. Law, J.D., 1989
Judge Esther Salas1968Los Angeles, CAObama 6/14/2011 - PresentKatharine HaydenRutgers University '91Rutgers University Law '94
Judge Michael Shipp1965Paterson, NJObama 7/23/2012 - PresentMary CooperRutgers U., B.S., 1987Seton Hall U. Law, J.D., 1994
Judge Kevin McNulty1954Elizabeth, NJObama 7/16/2012 - PresentGarrett BrownYale, B.A., 1976New York U. Law, J.D., 1983


Pending appointments

There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior judge Mary CooperH.W. Bush 03/02/1992 - 8/31/20118/31/2011 - PresentBryn Mawr College, A.B., 1968Villanova U. Law, J.D., 1972
Senior Judge Anne ThompsonCarter 11/02/1979 - 05/31/20011994 - 200106/01/2001 - PresentHoward U., B.A., 1955Howard U. Law, LL.B., 1964
Senior Judge Dickinson DebevoiseCarter 11/02/1979 - 04/30/199405/01/1994 - PresentWilliams College, B.A., 1948Columbia Law, LL.B., 1951
Senior Judge Katharine HaydenClinton 09/29/1997 - 05/29/201005/30/2010 - PresentMarymount Manhattan College, B.A., 1963Seton Hall U. Law, J.D., 1975
Senior Judge William WallsClinton 10/11/1994 - 01/30/200501/31/2005 - PresentDartmouth College, A.B., 1954Yale Law, LL.B., 1957
Senior Judge Joseph IrenasH.W. Bush 04/13/1992 - 06/30/200207/01/2002 - PresentPrinceton, A.B., 1962Harvard Law, J.D., 1965
Senior Judge Joseph RodriguezReagan 05/10/1985 - 05/21/199805/22/1998 - PresentLaSalle U., A.B., 1955Rutgers U. Law, LL.B., 1958


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge Tonianne Bongiovanni05/30/2003 - PresentNew Jersey City U., B.S.Seton Hall Law, J.D., 1988
Magistrate Judge Madeline Arleo12/28/2000 - PresentRutgers CollegeSeton Hall Law, J.D.
Magistrate Judge Mark Falk03/01/2002 - PresentAntioch College, B.A.New York U. Law, J.D.
Magistrate Judge Ann Donio03/24/2003 - PresentRutgers U. Law, J.D.
Magistrate Judge Joel Schneider10/2006 - PresentVillanova Law, J.D.
Magistrate Judge Karen Williams2009-Present
Magistrate Judge Douglas Arpert2009-PresentFranklin & Marshall CollegeEmory U. Law
Magistrate Judge Lois GoodmanNew York U. Law
Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson
Magistrate Judge Michael A. Hammer
Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor
Judge Steven C. Mannion2012-Present
Magistrate Judge James B. Clark, III7/15/2013-PresentUniversity of Notre DameSt. John's University School of Law


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
Clarkson Sherman Fisher1979 - 1987
Lawrence Whipple1974 - 1978
William Francis Smith1959 - 1961
Thomas Madden1961 - 1968
John Gerry1987 - 1994
James Coolahan1972 - 1973
Mitchell Cohen1973-1974
John Bissell2001 - 2005
George Barlow1978 - 1979
Anthony Augelli1968 - 1972
Phillip Forman1951-1959
Guy Laverne Fake1948 - 1951
Anne Thompson1994 - 2001
Garrett Brown2005 - 2012

In order to qualify for the office of Chief Judge in one of the federal courts, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as Chief Judge. A vacancy in the office of Chief Judge is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The Chief Judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a Chief Judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion.[1][2]



Former judges

Seat 1Seat 2Seat 3
JudgeTerm
Hartshorne10/20/1951 - 10/29/1961
Cohen8/2/1962 - 9/11/1974
Bassler9/16/1991 - 3/6/2005
McCarthy1/8/1929 - 1/31/1929
Fake2/12/1929 - 2/21/1951
Rellstab5/18/1909 - 10/10/1928
Green1/27/1890 - 10/10/1896
Kirkpatrick12/15/1896 -5/4/1904
Nixon4/28/1870 - 9/28/1889
Field1/14/1863 - 4/25/1870
Dickerson3/2/1841 - 12/10/1862
Dickerson7/23/1840 - 2/16/1841
Rossell12/19/1826 - 6/20/1840
Pennington1/9/1816 - 9/17/1826
Morris12/20/1790 - 2/13/1801
Brearley9/26/1789 - 8/16/1790
Hillman06/12/2006 - Present
Brotman03/14/1975 - 04/22/1990
JudgeTerm
Whipple10/22/1967 - 9/1/1978
Walker3/13/1940 - 12/31/1941
Meaney7/3/1942 - 4/30/1966
Clark6/25/1938 - 3/24/1943
Lynch7/1/1919 - 3/31/1925
Haight6/24/1919 - 5/31/1920
Cross3/17/1905 - 10/29/1913
Salas6/14/2011 - Present
Hayden09/29/1997 - 05/29/2010
JudgeTerm
Stern12/28/1973 – 1/4/1987
Politan11/9/1987 - 1/4/2002
Madden10/25/1945 - 1/1/1968
Avis10/2/1929 - 1/21/1944
Davis6/2/1920 - 4/15/1939
Bodine6/2/1920 - 3/31/1929
Wolfson2002-Present
Seat 4Seat 5Seat 6
JudgeTerm
Lane8/30/1960 - 7/15/1967
Barlow12/18/1969 - 3/4/1979
Forman1932-1959
Runyon1/16/1923 - 11/9/1931
Bumb06/12/2006 - Present
Walls10/11/1994 - 01/30/2005
Ackerman11/2/1979 - 2/15/1994
JudgeTerm
Shaw4/12/1962 - 7/9/1972
Biunno4/17/1973 - 3/23/1982
Bissell12/10/1982 - 9/1/2005
Wigenton06/12/2006 - Present
JudgeTerm
Morrill4/23/1958 - 3/12/1961
Modarelli1/3/1951 - 9/22/1957
Gerry12/20/1974 - 10/1/1994
Coolahan4/7/1962 - 6/1/1974
Cecchi6/14/2011 - Present
Seat 7Seat 8Seat 9
JudgeTerm
Fisher10/16/1970 - 10/1/1987
Wortendyke6/8/1955 - 5/31/1970
Lifland5/20/1988 - 6/14/2001
Martini11/19/2002 - Present
There are no current judges in this category.
JudgeTerm
Meanor6/25/1974 - 2/7/1983
Kitchen10/16/1970 - 9/21/1973
Pisano02/16/2000 - Present
Seat 10TSeat 10Seat 11
JudgeTerm
Orlosky12/26/1995 - 8/31/2003
Sheridan06/12/2006 - Present
Debevoise11/02/1979 - 04/30/1994
JudgeTerm
Lechner6/9/1986 - 10/1/2001
Lacey1/26/1971 - 2/3/1986
Linares12/03/2002 - Present
JudgeTerm
Chesler12/04/2002 - Present
Thompson11/02/1979 - 05/31/2001
Seat 12Seat 13Seat 14
JudgeTerm
Rodriguez05/10/1985 - 05/21/1998
Hochberg11/15/1999 - Present
JudgeTerm
McNulty7/16/2012 - Present
Brown12/17/1985 - 1/2/2012
JudgeTerm
Wolin12/9/1987 - 9/18/2000
Cavanaugh09/20/2000 - 1/31/2014
Seat 15Seat 16Seat 17
JudgeTerm
Shipp7/23/2012 - Present
Cooper03/02/1992 - 8/31/2011
JudgeTerm
Kugler12/04/2002 - Present
Irenas04/13/1992 - 06/30/2002
JudgeTerm
Simandle05/26/1992 - Present


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