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Bergen family judge Conte moving to criminal court

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EXCLUSIVE: Semi-retired Bergen County Family Division Judge John A. Conte is sliding over to help the Criminal Division handle a backlog of cases beginning in September, pending approval from state Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned.

Adding to a long and distinguished career, Conte will continue to work three days a week at the Hackensack courthouse – an arrangement made possible when he came out of retirement in 2008, offering his services to help the county’s family court. Rabner renewed the two-year term in 2010 and again last December.

Conte, 76, was appointed to the Bergen bench in 1991. He started in the Family Division before becoming a criminal court judge.

He retired in 1996 to practice law with his son, John A. Conte Jr., a partner with Rubenstein, Meyerson, Fox, Mancinelli & Conte, P.A. of Montvale, and has remained a special cousel to the firm as a mediator on civic and economic issues.

Known for being tough but fair, the elder Conte is a former member of the State Supreme Court Ethics Committee and served as a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Municipal Courts Procedure.

He had the experience, having served as a Municipal Court Judge in Saddle Brook, Elmwood Park, Wallington, Rochelle Park and Fort Lee.

STORY: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter

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