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Paterson municipal judge censured by N.J. Supreme Court

By Joey Fox, May 20 2022 12:46 pm

The New Jersey Supreme Court publicly censured Paterson municipal judge Cecelia Guzman today, due both to judicial misconduct and serving on the bench during a time period when she was ineligible to practice law.

According to the complaint filed against her, Guzman admitted in 2019 to committing gross neglect, lack of diligence, failure to communicate with the client, and a host of other judicial canon violations. For a yearlong period between October 2018 and 2019, Guzman also failed to maintain professional liability insurance, making her ineligible to serve as a judge.

Guzman formerly served as a part-time judge in Dover as well, but now only serves in Paterson.

The Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct filed the complaint about her ineligibility in January 2021; today’s ruling on her misconduct comes from the state Supreme Court itself.

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