SENATE, No. 2929
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
INTRODUCED MAY 14, 2015
Senator JEFF VAN DREW
District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)
Creates additional judgeships for Superior Court in northern, central, and southern regions of State with purpose of providing additional support for special probation drug court program.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
An Act creating additional judgeships for the Superior Court and amending N.J.S.2B:2-1.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. N.J.S.2B:2-1 is amended to read as follows:
2B:2-1. Number of Judges.
a. The Superior Court shall consist of  449 judges.
b. (1) The Superior Court shall at all times consist of the following number of judges, who at the time of their appointment and reappointment were resident of each county:
Cape May 4
Cumberland  9
Essex  36
Middlesex  26
(2) Additionally, the following number of those judges of the Superior Court satisfying the residency requirements set forth above shall at all times sit in the county in which they reside:
Cape May 2
(cf: P.L.2008, c.26, s.1)
2. This act shall take effect immediately.
This bill would create six additional judgeships for the Superior Court, with two added with residential ties to each of the following counties: Cumberland, Essex, and Middlesex. None of these counties currently have mandatory participation in the State’s special probation drug court program, which is being phased-in Statewide over a five-year period. See P.L.2012, c.23, s.3 (the phase-in began in July 2013). The addition of the six judgeships will assist in the on-going expansion of the program into these counties.