Law Division Judge Must Decide a Municipal Appeal – State v. Stepongzi (UNP)

Today’s UNPUBLISHED Appellate Division decision in State v. Stepongzi stands for a simple proposition, supported by decades of case law (going back to State v. Johnson in 1964) and the Rules of Court. A Law Division judge must conduct a trial de novo on a municipal appeal and make independent findings of law and fact based upon the record below. In this drunk driving appeal, the Law Division judge simply affirmed the findings of the municipal court. The Appellate Division reversed the decision and remanded for a proper appeal.

Download a copy of State v. Stepongzi, an UNPUBLISHED decision.

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