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Mayor Nominates Edison, New Jersey’s First Female South Asian Municipal Court Judge

By rlsmetro on

Edison Mayor Sam Joshi is proud to announce he has nominated Dipti Vaid Dedhia, Esq. for a judgeship on Edison Municipal Court. 

Following her confirmation last night by the Township Council, Dedhia will be the first female South Asian municipal court judge in both Edison and New Jersey’s history.

“It was truly my honor and privilege to nominate Dipti Vaid Dedhia as Edison’s next municipal court judge,” proclaimed Mayor Joshi. “She is the most qualified and ready for the job.”

Formerly the Deputy Attorney General in Employment Counsel and Labor for the State of New Jersey, Dedhia graduated from George Washington University before receiving her Juris Doctor from the Seton Hall University of Law. 

She has spent decades litigating complex employment matters, investigating complaints involving violations of law or policy, and representing the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations in arbitrating grievances between the Administration and labor unions.

Speaking about her many accomplishments and what this appointment means to her, Dedhia had this to say: “When I was young, I didn’t know what I wanted to do for my career, but I had two amazing parents who motivated me to strive for a life of significance and conscience. 

In recognition of their immense impact on my life, one of my main goals in my new role is to be an example to the youth of today. 

My message to them is simple: though the path may not be clear as you stand here today, your goals are attainable. Achieving your dreams through courage, kindness, and perseverance is not a cliche - I am living proof!” 

In addition to her years of experience providing legal counsel on labor laws, anti-discrimination policies, prevailing wage laws, and best employment practices; Dedhia was also the recipient of the prestigious Most Successful Mediator Award in the Passaic County Superior Court Clerk’s Program. 

She has also participated in national civil rights competitions, is certified in deposition skills by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and is a frequent contributor to Huffington Post, Brown Girl Magazine, and the Aerogram.

Born originally in London, Dedhia moved to New Jersey with her parents at the age of two and has lived in the state for the past 36 years, twenty of which as a resident of Edison. 

She enjoys spending her free time at home with her husband and three young children - ages one, four, and seven.