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Essex County Courthouse, Newark, N.J. - Photo by Carmen Natale Essex County Courthouse, Newark, N.J. – Photo by Carmen Natale

The president of the Essex County Bar Association recently issued an email “Call to Action.” The email indicated that during the past year, the Superior Court of Essex County had over 113,000 new matters filed, the largest caseload in New Jersey. However, its last judicial appointment was over two years ago, and there are presently 12 unfilled seats and several announced retirements which will take place in the near future. Thus, it pointed out that Essex County will have 14 judicial vacancies representing about one-third of the current number of judges sitting in Essex County Superior Court. Given that Essex is the busiest vicinage in New Jersey, the situation is described as a judicial crisis.

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