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Philip S. Carchman

Philip S. Carchman

11th Member

Judge Carchman began his judicial career in 1973 when he was appointed to the part-time position of Municipal Court judge of Princeton Township and Princeton Borough. In 1981, Governor Brendan T. Byrne appointed him to the office of Mercer County Prosecutor, and he served in that position until 1986 when Governor Thomas Kean appointed Judge Carchman to the Superior Court of New Jersey. He was reappointed by Governor James Florio in 1993. During his judicial career, he served as Presiding Judge of the Civil, Family and General Equity Divisions.

In 1995, he was appointed by Chief Justice Robert Wilentz to serve as Assignment Judge of the Mercer vicinage. Chief Justice Deborah Poritz appointed Judge Carchman to the Appellate Division in 1997. From 2004 to 2008, Judge Carchman took a leave of absence from the Appellate Division and was appointed the Administrative Director of Courts, where he served with three Chief Justices – Chief Justice Deborah Poritz, Chief Justice James Zazzali and Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. He returned to the Appellate Division in 2008. He has authored over 1200 written opinions. Judge Carchman sat in every judicial position in New Jersey including temporary assignments to the Supreme Court.

Judge Carchman has presented lectures for the National Judicial College, the New Jersey Judicial College, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers Law School, Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

Judge Carchman graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and obtained his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Following a judicial clerkship and service as a Deputy Attorney General, Judge Philip S. Carchman was a member of the Newark and Princeton law firm of Carchman, Annich, Sochor & Shuster from 1967 to 1981.