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For immediate release: May 8, 2003
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Supreme Court Issues Order in the Matter of Judge Bruce A. Gaeta

The New Jersey Supreme Court today issued an Order of Reprimand in the matter of Superior Court Judge Bruce A. Gaeta. The Court issued the Order following consideration of a presentment by the Court's Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct (ACJC), in which the committee recommended that a public reprimand be issued to the judge. The Court’s ruling to adopt the ACJC presentment was unanimous.

Judge Gaeta waived his right to a hearing before the Supreme Court and consented to the discipline recommended by the ACJC.

Judge Gaeta was appointed to the bench in 1986 and achieved tenure in 1993. He serves in Bergen County and has sat in the both the civil division (1986-1989) and the criminal division (1989-2002). He currently is assigned to the civil division.

According to the "Rules Governing the Courts of the State of New Jersey," the ACJC reviews criticisms, grievances and complaints about judges of the Superior Court, Surrogate's Court, Tax Court and Municipal Courts and takes appropriate action based on conclusions drawn from its preliminary investigation.

The Supreme Court appoints the nine members of the ACJC. They include two retired Supreme Court Justices or Superior Court judges, currently Hon. Alan B. Handler (Ret.) and Hon. Daniel J. O'Hern (Ret.); four members of the New Jersey Bar, currently Peter N. Perretti, Jr., Edward J. Dauber, M. Karen Thompson and Robert N. McAlister; and three lay members not holding public office. They are Teresa M. Kluck, Alice Olick and Richard W. Roper.

The full text of the ACJC presentment, the Supreme Court Order and Rule 2:15, Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, is available at www.njcourtsonline.com

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