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Superior Court judge cited for improperly retaining estate administratorship

Judicial conduct committee files complaint against Judge Mary Thurber

By Joey Fox, January 17 2023 3:39 pm

The Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct (ACJC) filed a complaint today against Superior Court Judge Mary Thurber, a Bergen County-based judge who allegedly remained the administrator of an estate even after she joined the Superior Court.

According to the complaint, Thurber became the administrator of an estate in 1998 and kept it even after she was confirmed to the Superior Court in 2009, a violation of conduct rules that prohibit judges from controlling estates outside their own family. Thurber finally relinquished her role as administrator in April 2022.

In addition to violating rules on the administration of estates, Thurber is also more generally accused of violating judicial canons requiring “judges to observe high standards of conduct so that the integrity and independence of the judiciary may be preserved.”

The complaint filed today is not a final recommendation of action from the ACJC; it’s not clear when that may come, or what will happen in the meantime.

Thurber has been a judge for thirteen year and has tenure. 

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