Raymond A. Batten

Honorable Raymond A. Batten is Of Counsel at the firm in the Business Litigation Department. He concentrates his practice on Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation.

In 1992, at age 38, Judge Batten was appointed to the New Jersey Superior Court by Governor James Florio. In 1999, he was reappointed for tenure by Governor Christine Todd Whitman. Judge Batten served the first ten years (1992-2002) of his twenty-three year judicial career in the Family Part of Vicinage I (Atlantic/Cape May Counties). He then served ten years in the Criminal Part in those counties through his appointment as Presiding Judge, Chancery Division, on March 1, 2013, where he served through his September 1, 2015 retirement. Twelve of Judge Batten’s trial opinions were published by the Committee on Opinions. Over the course of his career, he disposed of more than 73,400 Family Part cases, 10,500 Criminal Part cases, 1170 Chancery cases, and 340 adoptions.   Prior to his judgeship, Judge Batten served as municipal prosecutor in Sea Isle City, Stone Harbor, Middle Township and Lower Township,  planning board solicitor in Dennis Township, and municipal solicitor in Wildwood and Middle Township, all in Cape May County. He is married to the former Mary Frances Boles; Ray and Mary Frances are the proud parents of three daughters:  Alexis Binder (Villanova Law 2007); Bryna (Widener Law 2013) and Dylan (Widener Law 2014).  The Batten family resides in Cape May, New Jersey.

Prior to joining Archer, Judge Batten was appointed to the New Jersey Superior Court by Governor Jim Florio in 1992 and was reappointed for tenure in 1999. Judge Batten served on the criminal division of the Cape May County Court from 2002 to 2013. He was reassigned as the presiding judge of the General Equity Division for Vicinage 1 in 2013. Prior to his judgeship, Judge Batten was a former Assemblyman from New Jersey’s 1st district and a former municipal prosecutor.

Judge Batten earned his J.D. from the Widener University School of Law in 1979 and his B.A. from Princeton University in 1976.

Published Opinions

State in Interest of J.S., 273 N.J. Super. 450, 642 A.2d 430 (1994) ;

NJ Div. of Youth and Family Services v. RW, 273 N.J. Super. 365, 641 A.2d. 1124 (1994);

Shambaugh v. Wolk, 302 N.J. Super. 380, 695,  A.2d 382 (1996);

State of Interest of A.H. 304 N.J. Super. 34, 597 A.2d 964 (1997);

Matter of Seized Firearms Identification Card of Hand, 304 N.J. Super. 360, 700 A.2d 904 (1997);

Raubar v. Raubar, 315 N.J. Super. 353, 178 A.2d 705 (1998);

In re Adoption of M. 317 N.J. Super. 531, 722 A.2d 615 (1998);

Clark v. Clark, 324 N.J. Super. 587, 737 A.2d 189 (1999);

Leonardis v. Woodruff, 354 N.J. Super. 135, 804  A.2d 1170 (2001);

Secure Heritage, Inc., et al v. City of Cape May, et al, 178 N.J. 32, 834 A.2.d 405 (2003), aff’d in part, rev’d in part by 361 N.J. Super. 281, 825 A.2d 534 (App. Div. 2003);

State v. Bradley, 375 N.J. Super. 24, 866  A.2d 242 (2004)

State v. Eckel, 429 N.J. Super.  580 (Law Div. 2013)


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