Sept 29, 2011 CITY OF NEWARK SWEARS ARTHUR J. BATISTA AS ITS 12TH MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE
For Immediate Release
CITY OF NEWARK SWEARS ARTHUR J. BATISTA AS ITS 12TH MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE
Longtime Ironbound lawyer will be one of nine judges currently serving on the state’s largest municipal court
Newark, NJ – September 28, 2011 – Mayor Cory A. Booker, the Municipal Council, Essex County Superior Court Judge Nancy Sivilli, Business Administrator Julien X. Neals, Esq., and other dignitaries held an installation ceremony yesterday to swear in longtime Ironbound lawyer Arthur J. Batista as the City of Newark’s 12th Municipal Court Judge. The ceremony was held in the Municipal Council Chamber, at City Hall, located at 920 Broad Street.Judge Batista is replacing Judge Amilkar Velez-Lopez, who recently retired after 11 years on the municipal bench.
“Arthur Batista is one of Newark’s outstanding legal minds and community leaders. His entire career defines personal excellence and Newark’s great resilience and strength and his legal career is one of dedication, hard work, and sound principles. He is a native son of Newark and most recently a partner at law practice a few blocks away from City Hall in the Ironbound section of Newark. Arthur Batista will make justice seen and done in our court, and help us make Newark a safer, stronger, and prouder City,” said Mayor Booker. “When you shake Arthur Batista’s hand, you know he is a man of integrity.”
During the ceremony, Essex County Superior Court Judge Sivillo administered the oath of office while his wife, Kathleen, held the Bible. The judge’s parents, Joe and Rosalie Batista, presented him with his robe and gavel. His children, Aidan, Remy, and Eavan Batista, delivered the Pledge of Allegiance.
“The Newark Municipal Court is excited to have Judge Batista join its bench. His intelligence coupled with his compassion and years of legal practice experience will make him a jurist of the finest order,” said Chief Judge Nunes, who spoke on behalf of his eight municipal bench colleagues who were all in attendance to congratulate Judge Batista on this milestone in his career.
Also in attendance were Council Member-at-Large Carlos M. Gonzalez, East Ward Council Member Augusto Amador, and West Ward Council Member Ronald C. Rice. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney First Vice-President Carlos Couto, a friend of Judge Batista, served as Master of Ceremonies.
“Arthur Batista is one of the most fair and intelligent people I’ve ever known,” said Council Member Amador. “He is a rock of wisdom. He will be a superstar on the court and I am very proud to have him on the court.”
“As a lifetime resident of this city, I can say that today is a wonderful day for Newark as we can be proud to know that justice will be served with intelligence, impartiality, and honesty,” said Mr. Couto.
Prior to becoming a Judge in the Newark Municipal Court, Arthur J. Batista was a partner in the firm Sardo & Batista, P.C., located in the Ironbound section of Newark. His practice focused on civil litigation, family law, municipal law, real estate and land use law. He has bench and jury trial experience before the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division, Chancery Division, Appellate Division, Office of Administrative Law, and Municipal Courts throughout the State.
Judge Batista graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government. He then attended the Seton Hall University Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1997. During law school, he worked as a law clerk in the Appellate Section of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Following graduation, he worked at the firm of Jones Day Reavis & Pogue in Los Angeles, California. Later, he joined the Digital Entertainment Network in its Business and Legal Affairs Department. Mr. Batista then returned to New Jersey, where he practiced for the last 11 years. He is admitted to the New York, New Jersey, and United States Supreme Court Bars. He is a founding member of the Portuguese-American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey. He is also a member of the New Jersey and Essex County Bar Associations.
“I am honored that Mayor Booker and all the members of the city council have given me the opportunity to serve the city where I was raised, attended school, and practiced my trade. I thank them for providing me with the chance to repay Newark for all it has given to me, my parents and my grandparents. I look forward to honoring the tradition of those judges who sat on the municipal bench before me,” said Judge Batista.
The Newark Municipal Court is the largest such court in the State of New Jersey, handling more than 500,000 cases each year. It rules on traffic, housing code enforcement, sanitation, quality-of-life, and minor criminal offenses. Under the Booker administration, the Municipal Court has moved to enhance customer service, improve its technology, and create new initiatives like a Community Court to take a holistic approach to addressing causes behind crime in the City of Newark.
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About the City of Newark, New Jersey
Newark, commonly referred to as Brick City, is the third oldest city in the United States and the largest in New Jersey, with a population of more than 280,000 people. Newark sits on one of the nation’s largest transportation super-structures including an international airport, major commuter and freight rail lines, major highway intersections and the busiest seaport on the east coast.
With a new Administration as of July 2006, Newark continues to see signs of a strong revival. Its population showed growth in the most recent census. Its six major colleges and universities are further expanding their presence. The rate of production of affordable housing has doubled, and new businesses are moving in. There is still much work to be done but Newark is on its way to achieving its mission: to set a national standard for urban transformation.