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Judge Glenn A. Grant, acting administrative director of the New Jersey Courts. (Photo: New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts).

Rabner lauds governor, legislative leaders for special legislation to help Judge

By David Wildstein, December 21 2021 5:51 pm

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner today praised Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders for approving a special pension bill that will allow Judge Glenn A. Grant to remain as administrative director of the New Jersey courts after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70 next week.

“I am grateful to Senate President (Steve) Sweeney, Speaker (Craig) Coughlin, and Assemblyman (Raj) Mukerji for sponsoring legislation, signed by Gov. (Phil) Murphy this afternoon, that will enable Judge Grant, and others in the future, to continue to serve the public beyond age 70 as the administrative director,” Rabner said in a statement.  “I am delighted to extend Judge Grant’s appointment with appreciation for his superb leadership.”

Rabner had lobbied lawmakers to approve the bill, which allowed Rabner to retain Grant as the day-to-day manager of the state court system.

“Grant has been a remarkable leader of the Judiciary for more than a decade,” Rabner said.  “Among many other areas of achievement, his effectiveness has been especially noteworthy of late in helping guide the courts through the ongoing pandemic and helping respond in a meaningful way to racial justice issues that affect the justice system.”

Grant has served on the Superior Court since 1998 and was serving as presiding judge of the family division in Essex County when Rabner tapped him as acting director of the acting administrative director in 2008.

Rabner had elevated Grant to the appellate court eleven days earlier; by doing so, Grant was able to become acting director at the salary of an appellate judge – now $203,114-per-year, instead of the $192,391 annual salary of a Superior Court judge.

Grant has served as acting director of thirteen years, a common practice that allows the administrative director to hold on to their judgeship while serving in the post.  Had he been named permanent director, Grant would no longer have retained his judicial robe.

But Grant will not be eligible to start drawing down on his pension while still serving in the court post.  He will retire from the bench.

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