HAMILTON, NJ --  Hamilton Township will have a new presiding judge and assistant judge in Municipal Court following Mayor Jeff Martin's Friday appointments of Louis S. Sancinito, Esq. and Shelia D. Ellington, Esq. as assistant judge. 

“I am thrilled to have both Louis and Shelia join Hamilton, and thank them for their willingness preside over our Court system in a fair and just manner,” said Martin.  “I am confident that the residents of Hamilton Township will be well-served thanks to their experience, dedication and commitment to public service.”

With a combined 23 years of municipal law experience and more than three decades of overall legal experience, Sancinito most recently served as a senior instructor at Garden State Continuing Legal Education.  Previously, he was a Municipal Prosecutor and Chief Judge in the City of Trenton and a public defender in Lawrence, West Windsor and Hamilton Township. 

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"I am extremely honored and humbled by Mayor Martin's selection of me to be the new presiding judge in the Hamilton Township Municipal Court. I look forward to working with Judge Ellington, and the Hamilton Township Court staff to bring fair, and impartial justice to the Court which all citizens of Hamilton Township, Mercer County, and the State of New Jersey richly deserve," said Sancinito.  "I look forward to getting started on this new journey, and promise to always give my best effort in achieving the goals of justice in the Hamilton Township Municipal Court, and hope the Mayor and the Township Council will be proud of the work that we do in the Court in the future."

Ellington comes to Hamilton Township with more than 20 years’ experience as an accomplished attorney, prosecutor, and small business owner at The Law Offices of Shelia D. Ellington.  She also has served as the assistant municipal prosecutor in Cherry Hill; the prosecutor in Woodlynne Boro Municipal Court;  chief municipal prosecutor and hearing officer in the Township of Irvington; prosecutor in Mount Holly; and chief municipal prosecutor in the City of Plainfield.  Additionally, she has held the position of Deputy Attorney General with the Division of Criminal Justice and Assistant Prosecutor with the Union County Prosecutors Office. Most recently, Ellington was also appointed associate judge in Franklin Township.

“I would like to thank Mayor Martin and Council for this tremendous opportunity to serve the residents of Hamilton Township in this capacity,” said Ellington. 

Both judges are expected to begin their positions on February 1. 

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