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Appellate Division Overview

Appellate Division Overview

The Appellate Division Central Offices are located in Trenton under the direction of the Clerk of the Court. Reporting to the Clerk is the Deputy Clerk for Case Processing, the Deputy Clerk for Administrative Services, and the Director of Central Appellate Research.

The Appellate Division of the Superior Court is New Jersey's intermediate Appellate Court. It is compose of 32 judges who sit in two and three judge panels chosen from parts consisting of four judges. Appellate Division judges hear appeals from decisions of the trial courts, the Tax Court and State administrative agencies. The Appellate Division decides approximately 6,500 appeals and 10,000 motions each year.

Each part is administered by a Presiding Judge.  Carmen Messano serves as the court's Presiding Judge for Administration. The chambers of the Appellate Division judges are located in Linwood, Jersey City, Morristown, New Brunswick, Newark, Trenton, West Long Branch, and Westmont. Arguments are heard in courtrooms located in Morristown, New Brunswick, Newark, and Trenton, as well as other locations from time to time.

Some appeals are, however, disposed of through other programs established by the Appellate Division for the processing of certain types of appeals as described below:

  • Civil Appeals Settlement Program (CASP) is designed to identify, at the initial phase of processing, those appeals which could possibly be settled. Alternatively, appeals with very complex issues may be selected for a pre-argument conference in order to delineate and clarify those issues prior to briefing.
  • Sentencing Calendars were initially designed to dispose of those appeals in which the sole issue on appeal was the excessiveness of the sentence imposed. The program has been expanded to include additional sentencing issues. Because of the narrow issues being addressed, appeals considered in this program are argued without the need for full briefing.
  • An attorney or litigant seeking relief on an emergent basis should click on Emergent Applications under related content for procedures and instructions.

Send e-mail comments regarding an appeal or the filing of an appeal to:

Clerk's Office

Under the direction of the Deputy Clerk for Case Processing, the Clerk's Office processes all notices of appeal, motions, briefs and appendices, transcripts, and miscellaneous filings. Court calendars are generated and decisions of the court processed and distributed. Cases are processed in five case processing teams staffed by case managers. Other staff includes the Chief Counsel, staff attorneys, and functional units' staff.

For information telephone the Reception Unit at 609-815-2950

Administrative Services

Under the direction of the Deputy Clerk for Administrative Services, this organization oversees all administrative functions of the Clerk's Office to include, budget, facilities, automation, chambers support, Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliance for program access to court proceedings, and the Office of Court Reporting Services. This latter is responsible for all aspects of transcript production. This includes supervision of court reporters, transcriber certification, transcript productivity problems, video conferencing, installation of electronic recording equipment, and staff training on electronic recording equipment.

Central Appellate Research

The Central Appellate Research Staff, supervised by its Director, consists of research attorneys and their support staff. The attorneys research and prepare legal memoranda in the most complex cases on appeal prior to these appeals being calendared. In addition, they respond to special requests for research and other assistance from the judges in cases where there is no Central Research memo. They write short memos in appeals in which a party has moved for summary disposition of the appeal.