The face of South Jersey's judicial leadership underwent a major transformation this week. On Wednesday, New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced that the Honorable Faustino J. Fernandez-Vina, P.J.S.C. would replace retiring Camden Vicinage Assignment Judge Francis J. Orlando, Jr. as Camden County's top state-level jurist. The following press release was posted on the New Jersey judiciary's website: Chief Justice Stuart Rabner has announced that Superior Court Judge Faustino J. Fernandez-Vina will lead the Camden Vicinage, effective Feb. 1. He will succeed Assignment Judge Francis J. Orlando Jr., who is retiring after 20 years on the bench and 16 years as assignment judge. “Judge Fernandez-Vina brings to the position of assignment judge a wealth of experience, a proven, practical approach to addressing issues, superb judgment and the respect of the bench and bar,” said Chief Justice Rabner. “I am confident that under his leadership, the Camden Vicinage will continue to provide the highest quality of service to the public. “We also thank Judge Orlando for his tireless commitment to the cause of justice throughout his career. His exemplary work has made a meaningful contribution to the Judiciary and the citizens of our state,” Chief Justice Rabner added. Appointed to the bench by then-Gov. James E. McGreevey on July 16, 2004, Judge Fernandez-Vina sat in the civil division of the Camden Vicinage. He moved to the family division in 2006 and was named presiding judge of the civil division on Feb. 1, 2007. While on the bench, Judge Fernandez-Vina has served on a number of committees, including the Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on the Code of Judicial Conduct and the Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee. A graduate of Widener University and Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, Judge Fernandez-Vina served as a law clerk to Superior Court Judge E. Stevenson Fluharty before going into private practice. He became a certified civil trial attorney and has served on the District IV Ethics Committee, the Supreme Court Committee on Character and the Supreme Court Committee on Jury Selection. “I want to thank the chief justice for the opportunity to serve the Camden Vicinage and the public in this new role,” said Judge Fernandez-Vina. “I also want to thank my colleagues, who are among the best judges anywhere, for their support and encouragement. I consider myself very lucky to be working with such a talented and dedicated group of people.” The Camden Vicinage is one of the New Jersey Superior Court's largest and busiest subdivisions. At DeMichele and DeMichele, conveniently located in the suburban Camden County community of Haddon Heights, we regularly help hundreds of clients successfully navigate the South Jersey court system. If you have questions regarding your Camden County legal matter, contact us now or call (856) 546-1354 today for a confidential consultation with one of our attorneys.