NOTICE TO THE BAR: Courthouse Cafeteria & Beverage Machines


RE: Courthouse Cafeteria Services and Beverage Vending Machines

We are happy to report that the Bergen County Justice Center main cafeteria located on the First Floor in the new agency building at 2 Bergen County Plaza is now open under new management. The hours of operation for the new cafeteria are 7:30am to 3:00pm Monday through Friday. The Courthouse cafeteria located on the Third Floor will reopen the week of September 23rd.

Beverage vending machines are now operational and are located on the First Floor of the courthouse opposite the Hudson Street Entrance.

NOTICE TO THE BAR: Unscheduled Closings and Delayed Openings for the Court

Decisions to close or delay openings are made separately for each courthouse and are based on local weather conditions. Delayed openings sometimes become closings, and sometimes courthouses sloe early if weather warrants. For these updates, follow the courts on Twitter, sign up for text messages, or go to The New Jersey Judiciary website at NJ COURTS

On the bottom of the NJCOURTS.GOV webpage are a number of icons that you may select to obtain court information from a variety of social media source such as Twitter and Rave alerts. The best method to receive immediate unscheduled closing information is to sign up for Rave text messages at

For Municipal Courts, please check with your local municipal court for closing information. Below are the two links to use for the municipal courts: 

Notice to the Bar – Unscheduled Closings


This is the official copy of the 2019-2020 Bergen County Bar Association Committee Directory and Calendar of Events.

BCBA Committee Directory 2019-2020.pdf

NOTICE TO THE BAR: Pro-Bono Attorney Volunteers

Notice to the Bar from Hon. Bonnie J. Mizdol, AJSC and Hon. Peter J. Melchionne, PJFP calling for attorneys to volunteers pro-bono services and to follow-up with Judge Melchionne.

The Family Division of the Superior Court, Bergen County, is seeking pro-bono volunteer attorneys to represent indigent clients before the Office of Administrative Law.

The assignment entails representation of indigent parents or guardians substantiated for child abuse, challenging the substantiation finding Volunteers are sought to serve without compensation as appointed counsel. While this is currently not a Madden category, the AOC may, in the future, allow Madden credits for this service.

If you are interested, please respond to Theresa Schneck, Secretary to the Honorable Peter J. Melchionne, Presiding Judge of the Family Part, by September 15, 2019.

NOTICE TO THE BAR: Our Board of Trustees Vacancies

RE: Vacancy on the Association’s Board of Trustees
As a result of the recent appointments of Nina C. Remson as a Superior Court Judge and Edward S. Kiel as a Federal Magistrate, two vacancies now exist on the Association’s Board of Trustees.

The Association’s By-Laws provide that the Board of Trustees shall fill a vacancy at its meeting next following the occurrence of said vacancy. The Association’s President shall call for nominations from the Trustees and
the nominee receiving a majority of the number of votes shall be elected and assume the duties of the vacant Trustee for the unexpired term.

Members of the Association in good standing for at least three years who wish to be considered for nomination by the Board of Trustees to fill the existing Trustee vacancies must submit a letter and resume in support of his or her candidacy on or before Thursday, September 5, 2019 to the address below:

Bergen County Bar Association
George W. Newman Law Building
15 Bergen Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601

NOTICE TO THE BAR: Annual Attorney Electronic Registration -2019


NOTICE TO THE BAR: Guardianship Proceedings


At the beginning of July, severe staffing shortage and increase in filings at the Office of the Public Defender made it difficult to fulfill its obligations. The Court is reaching about to the Bergen County Bar Association for seeking volunteers to aid Court during this time. Please see the attached notice for more details.


This year’s Diversity in the Profession Award recipient is recently retired, long-time Teaneck Municipal Court Judge, James E. Young, JMC. Judge Young has served as a Municipal Court Judge for more than 30 years. Approximately 200 friends, family, and colleagues joined to celebrate Judge Young’s career and contributions promoting diversity within the legal profession.

Bergen County Bar Association Association Officer Jason E. Foy monerated the event introducing Superior Court Judge and featured speaker Hon. Magali Francois, JSC; as well as Municipal Court Prosecutor Linda H. Schwager, Esq., and Teaneck Municipal Court Judge Erica Jungblut.

The event was held on Thursday evening, April 11th at The Terrace in Paramus, New Jersey.


On March 21st, the Bergen County Bar Association hosted our 120th Annual Meeting & Beefsteak Dinner. At this annual celebration, the Bergen County Bar Association congratulated our outgoing Association President Thomas Loikith (left) for his years of dedication and service as President, and welcomed our incoming President, Andrew J. Cevasco (right) for his coming year of service.


Our Annual Meeting & Beefsteak Dinner held the swearing of the Oath for new President, Officers, and Trustees. The Bergen County Bar Association welcomes Louis L. D’Arminio, Jessica A. Gomperts, Joseph L. Mecca, Jr., and Victoria R. Pekerman as the new trustees and new additions to the Bergen County Bar Association representation. The Bergen County Bar Association welcomes Laura C. Sutnick as the newly elected Officer Secretary for the Bergen County Bar Association, as we look forward to her provided service and ambition.(New BCBA Trustee Victoria R. Pekerman (far left) and New BCBA Secretary Laura C. Sutnick (far right))


Bergen County Assignment Judge Bonnie J. Midzol had delivered the Oath of Office to swear-in the new members of the BCBA Board of Officer and Trustees. After delivering the of Oath of Office, Hon. Daniel P. Mecca (ret.) had delivered his Annual Report of the Bench and Bar to the attendance of the Bergen Bar Association.


NOTICE TO THE BAR: Essex County Parking Structure Changes

NOTICE TO THE BAR: Attention to any practicing attorneys appearing in Essex County, please be aware the changes in their parking structure set for next few years.

Notice to the Bar Parking

Essex Paid Parking Resources