Reprimand for Judge who Issued TRO for His Own Administrator

In an order released on Friday, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a reprimand for a municipal court judge who issued a temporary restraining order in a domestic violence case on behalf of his own court administrator. Apart from having a close professional working relationship with the court administrator, the judge had previously had a detailed conversation with her related to her domestic difficulties.

The case was considered by the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct (ACJC), which found that the judge’s action in granting the TRO for his own court administrator was a clear conflict. The ACJC recommendation of a reprimand was followed by the Supreme Court. Links to both the Supreme Court’s judicial disciplinary order and the ACJC presentment are provided below.

Link to Supreme Court Order >

Link to ACJC Presentment >

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