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Municipal judge admits he failed to maintain proper accounts, purchase insurance

Guy Killen pleads mitigating circumstances

By Nikita Biryukov, August 02 2019 2:27 pm

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A Vineland municipal court judge admitted to failing to properly maintain accounts dedicated to sums received on behalf of clients and purchase liability insurance earlier this week.

Between October 17, 2017, and March 29, 2018, Guy Killen’s name was added to a list of attorneys deemed ineligible to practice law for failing to maintain interest-bearing accounts into which all money received on behalf of clients must be deposited under state law.

In his answer to the complaint, filed by the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, Killen admitted to failing to maintain those accounts but said he rectified the problem after receiving oral notice of the same on March 29.

During that time, Killen served as a part-time municipal court judge in Vineland.

He was suspended from his judicial duties by Superior Court Judge Benjamin Telsey between May 14, 2018, and June 5, 2018.

State law requires attorneys and law firms practicing as professional corporations in New Jersey purchase professional liability insurance.

Killen admitted to having failed to purchase said insurance. That failure was the subject of a complaint by the Office of Attorney Ethics.

The ACJC further alleged that, through the above incidents, Killen failed to maintain the the standards of the judiciary.

The municipal judge admitted all county leveled against him but pled mitigating circumstances and asked to be allowed to make his case before the body.

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