Chief Justice Stuart Rabner today announced his formation of a committee to examine issues related to domestic violence cases in the New Jersey court system.
The Ad Hoc Committee on Domestic Violence will bring together representatives from all three branches of government to consider the issue of domestic violence from multiple perspectives and make recommendations to improve the current system.
“The committee will serve as a forum for stakeholders to conduct an in-depth review of our current domestic violence laws and
policies, including the interaction of the Municipal and Superior Courts in domestic violence matters, the level and degree of
domestic violence offenses, resources available to victims of domestic violence, and education and training opportunities available
for all stakeholders,” said Rabner. “I welcome a report on the committee’s findings and potential recommendations.”
Assignment Judge Georgia M. Curio of the Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem Vicinage will serve as chair of the committee.
The full committee roster:
Hon. Georgia M. Curio, Chair, Assignment Judge Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem Vicinage
Senator Diane B. Allen
Jose I. Bastarrika, Esq. Bastarrika, Soto, Gonzalez & Somohano, LLP
Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office
Laurence J. Cutler, Esq. (representative of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers NJ)
Laufer Dalena Cadicina, Jensen & Boyd, LLC
Amy K. DePaul, Esq., Trial Court Administrator Essex Vicinage
Joanne M. Dietrich, Esq. Assistant Director, Family Practice Division Administrative Office of the Courts
Paris Eliades, Esq., President New Jersey State Bar Association