Chief Justice Rabner has announced that Judge Patrick DeAlmeida is being temporarily assigned to the Appellate Division. The assignment runs from January 16, 2018 “until further order.” Judge DeAlmeida “shall serve on such Part(s) as ordered by the Appellate Division Presiding Judge for Administration.” There is a slot for an unnamed “Temporary Assignee” on Part A, so Judge DeAlmeida might readily fit there.
Judge DeAlmeida has served on the Tax Court since 2008. He has been the Presiding Judge of that court since late 2009. A graduate of New York University and Fordham University Law School, Judge DeAlmeida was Assistant Attorney General for Appeals before being appointed to the bench by Governor Corzine. He certainly has the background to serve ably on the Appellate Division.