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Fabiana Pierre-Louis is nominated to the New Jersey Supreme Court by Gov. Phil Murphy on June 5, 2020. (Photo: Pool by Chris Pedota/Gannett.)

Timpone resigning today; Pierre-Louis will take oath tomorrow

By David Wildstein, August 31 2020 1:07 pm

Walter F. Timpone will resign his seat on the New Jersey Supreme Court later today and Fabiana Pierre-Louis will be sworn in tomorrow at 4 PM, court officials told the New Jersey Globe.

Pierre-Louis, who was unanimously confirmed by the State Senate last Thursday, will take her oath in a private ceremony.  A formal swearing-in ceremony will be held at a later date.

Timpone told the Globe last week that he would step down early – he doesn’t reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 until November 10 – so that Pierre-Louis could join the Supreme Court in time for the start of their new session on September 1.

The Supreme Court has a conference meeting scheduled for September 9 and assuming office now gives Pierre-Louis a week to prepare.

Associate Justice Jaynee LaVecchia, the senior member of the court, will administer the oath.  Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, who typically swears in new justices, is sitting Shiva for is mother, Stella Rabner, who died over the weekend at age 95.

Gov. Phil Murphy nominated Pierre-Louis, a former federal prosecutor, as the first Black state Supreme Court Justice in June.

Last week, the Senate Judiciary cleared her nomination by an 11-0 vote.

Timpone told the Globe that he will return to private practice.

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