The Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct recommended Englewood Municipal Judge Aishaah Rasul be reinstated to the bench after 10 months of retroactively applied suspension after the judge admitted to multiple violations of the judicial code of conduct.
The New Jersey Supreme Court suspended Rasul on Nov. 13, 2019, one day after the ACJC issued a complaint charging her with seven counts, including charges that she put a defendant on “in-house probation” despite being told by court officials that no such thing existed and of advising the defendant to pay damages in cash, a violation of long-standing court procedure.
The complaint also charged Rasul failed to provide a defendant with the chance to give a closing statement, failed to advise a defendant of her right against self-incrimination and failing to file court documents that would have prevented the case from impacting a defendant’s standing in drug court.
Rahul admitted to all violations, save a count alleging she violated an administrative directive by failing to recuse herself from two cases that were filed when she was Englewood’s public defender.
The committee dismissed the count because it found nothing to contradict Rasul’s claim that she was unaware of the cases before being appointed to the bench.
She had then been on the bench for two months when the complaint was issued, a factor the committee considered before issuing its recommendations.
If the court adopts the committee’s recommended disciplinary actions, Rasul could be reinstated to the bench immediately, having already been suspended for more than 10 months.