New municipal court judge, Philip Miller, welcomed

Point Pleasant Borough Council has taken action on several projects for local roadways. [FILE PHOTO/THE OCEAN STAR]

POINT PLEASANT — The Borough of Point Pleasant’s Municipal Courtroom has welcomed a new judge to lead proceedings in the chambers.

Judge Philip Miller, who was hired as municipal court judge by a unanimous vote of the Point Pleasant Borough Council at its June 22 meeting, succeeds longtime Judge James Liguiori, who has retired after serving 29 years in the borough.

“I have worked in similar municipalities in the past and I am born and raised in Ocean County so I am very familiar with the borough,” Judge Miller told The Ocean Star Tuesday.


“Currently I sit in Barnegat Township and Ocean Township and also in CJP [Central Judicial Processing] Court, which is one of the bail reform courts that gets held in the Superior Court in Toms River, and I do civil commitment hearings as well.

“I have been doing this for over 20 years and my experience is pretty broad. I have been in several municipalities throughout Ocean County so I look to bring that experience to help keep the court running well.”

Judge Miller earned his juris doctor at the Rutgers University School of Law, Newark and earned his bachelor’s degree at Rutgers University.

“Judge Miller brings with him an impressive resume with vast legal experience,” Mayor Robert Sabosik said in a statement.

“He has served as a municipal court judge in various other municipalities since 1999 and through his legal career, has garnered a number of awards and distinctions including being a past president of the Ocean County Municipal Judges Association. We are very happy to have him on board.”

According to officials, Judge Liguiori was first hired as the municipal court judge in 1991 for the borough.

Members of the governing body thanked Judge Liguiori for his many years of service to the borough.

“Running any court, let alone a municipal court, is no easy task,” Councilwoman Antoinette DePaola, the council’s liaison to the court, said in a statement. “There are so many factors to consider and each circumstance is unique.

“Judge Liguiori, through his unparalleled knowledge of the law, handled each case on its merits and served the residents of our community admirably. I hope he enjoys the retirement he so richly deserves.”

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