In his first general assignment order, New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner has dramatically increased the number of women and minorities in executive judgeships.

The 2008-09 assignment order shows that 35 percent of the trial court presiding judges are women and 13 percent are minorities. That compares with 26 percent women and 11 percent minorities in 2007 and 30 percent women and 10 percent minorities in 2005, according to the Administrative Office of the Courts.