WESTFIELD — Superior Court Judge Douglas M. Fasciale will be elevated to the Appellate Division effective Aug. 1, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced Wednesday.
The Appellate Division of the Superior Court is New Jersey’s intermediate Appellate Court. The 35 Appellate Division judges hear appeals from decisions of the trial courts, the Tax Court and state administrative agencies. The Appellate Division decides approximately 7,000 appeals and 7,500 motions each year.
Fasciale is the presiding judge of the civil division in the Union Vicinage. He was appointed to the bench by Gov. Jim McGreevey and took the oath of office on Nov. 5, 2004. He was first assigned to the special civil part of the law division of the Superior Court, Union County. Thereafter, he served in the family, civil and criminal divisions of the Superior Court. After serving in the criminal division for one year, he was named presiding judge. In that capacity, he chose to act as the judge of the Drug Court.
A graduate of Seton Hall University and Seton Hall Law School, Fasciale began his career as a law clerk to Superior Court Judge John E. Keefe. He worked in private practice as a certified civil trial attorney before his appointment to the bench.
Fasciale served a temporary assignment to the appellate division this spring.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to join the appellate division,” said Fasciale. “I thank my colleagues in Union for all of the support and camaraderie they have given me and I look forward to the new challenges ahead.”
A resident of Westfield, Fasciale and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Michael and Steven.
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