It is a great honor for Mayor Kimble and the Town Council to welcome Judge Wilfredo Benitez to Belleville as our new Municipal Court Judge.
Judge Benitez, who was born in Puerto Rico and is completely fluent in Spanish, grew up in Harlem while attending NYC public school. He is a graduate of Columbia University and went on to earn his law degree from Rutgers University.
After graduating from law school, he worked for almost a decade at private law firms before beginning his own practice in 2000. He has subsequently served as lead counsel for the Essex County Democratic Committee.
Judge Benitez has also served as a municipal court judge for East Orange and views being a judge as a great opportunity for him to effect positive change. While being stern, but fair, to his audience, he does his utmost to help people “get out of the vicious circle of the legal system.”