Politics as Usual: Eight New Comp Judges Appointed in NJ

Governors have long used the workers’ compensation bench to reward loyal donors and friends. According to Chief Judge Calderone “the new judges create serious administrative problems.” Simply stated, the Division of Workers’ Compensation has no where to put all of these new judges – there is a lack of courtroom space and administrative staff (according to Calderone). Worse, the newly-hired judges come from all over New Jersey – and assigning these Judges must take into consideration long commute times.
Chief Judge Calderone stated that current sitting Judges will spend less time on the bench – by taking a mandatory “extra office day” per week – to give the newly-hired Judges something to do. In other words, to make work for the new Judges, the veteran Judges will be given mandatory “rest days.”
We can also expect that current assignments will be shuffled and that the average number of cases on any one docket will be reduced.

Greg Lois is the managing partner of LOIS LLC, a 19-attorney law firm dedicated to defending employers and carriers in New York and New Jersey workers' compensation claims. Greg is the author of a popular series of "Handbooks" on workers' compensation, and is the co-author of the 2016 Lexis-Nexis New Jersey Workers' Compensation Practice Guide. Greg can be reached at 201-880-7213 or glois@lois-llc.com