Four New Temporary Appointees to the Appellate Division

The Supreme Court announced today that four judges are being temporarily assigned to the Appellate Division, “effective March 14, 2022 through May 23, 2022, to serve on such Parts as ordered by the Appellate Division Presiding Judge for Administration.” The four are Judges Maritza Berdote Byrne, Avis Bishop-Thompson, Steven L. Petrillo, and Joseph L. Marczyk.

Judge Byrne has been a Superior Court judge since 2013, having been nominated by Governor Christie. Before that nomination, she was in private practice with a firm in Morris County and was in-house with a financial services firm. In her time on the bench, Judge Byrne has sat in the Morris County Family and General Equity Parts. She was Presiding Judge of each of those Parts during her tenure. Judge Byrne is a graduate of Rutgers University and Rutgers-Newark Law School.

Judge Bishop-Thompson was appointed to the Superior Court bench in 2017 after being nominated by Governor Christie. A graduate of Spelman College and the Santa Clara University Law School, she has sat in the Family and Civil Divisions to date. Before taking the bench, Judge Bishop-Thompson was in private practice with a Bergen County firm and also served in the Los Angeles County Prosecutor’s office.

Judge Petrillo has hit the trifecta since taking his seat on the Essex County bench in 2016. He has sat in Family, Criminal, and Civil. After graduating from Edison State College and Rutgers-Newark Law School, he was in private practice in Essex County before ascending to the bench after his nomination by Governor Christie.

Judge Marczyk was in private practice in Atlantic County until his nomination by Governor Corzine in 2010. A graduate of Widener University Law School, he has sat in the Family and Civil Divisions of the Atlantic County Superior Court.

Welcome to all four judges!