NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - She went to the Woodbridge Police Department about 6 1/2 years ago to report that her then boyfriend had loaned her car to someone without her consent.
She was shocked when police informed her that her boyfriend had a suspended license and two warrants out for his arrest, including a second-degree robbery charge involving a pharmacy in Old Bridge.
A series of legal matters have followed since June 10, 2013, when Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Carlia M. Brady went to the police in an attempt to get her missing car back.
On March 3, the state Supreme Court will hold a hearing on whether she should be removed from her position in the Civil Division in Middlesex County, according to an order issued Wednesday by the Supreme Court.
The Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct recommended in September that the state remove her from the bench.
At the center of that recommendation is the fact that Brady faced charges for hindering the apprehension of her then-boyfriend, Jason Prontnicki. Investigators say she let him into her home and didn’t call police despite knowing he was wanted.
The charges of second-degree official misconduct and third-degree hindering the apprehension of a fugitive were transferred to Somerset County and eventually dismissed in proceedings that stretched for nearly five years. Brady was reinstated to the bench on March 6, 2018, after having been suspended.
According to the committee's complaint, however, when she did not inform police that Prontnicki was at her home, she "demonstrated an inability to conform her conduct to the high standards of conduct expected of judges and impugned the integrity of the Judiciary in violation of Canon I, Rule I. I and Canon 2, Rule 2.1 of the Code of Judicial Conduct."
In an answer to the formal complaint filed on her behalf by Iselin-based attorney Raymond M. Brown in June, Brady said Prontnicki pushed his way into her home when her father answered the door. At first, he refused to leave. When he finally left, Brady said called the Woodbridge Police Department within minutes to report that he had been at her home.
According to her answer to the formal complaint, Brady also denies violating three other canons of the code of judicial conduct, such as Canon 1, Rule 1.1., which "requires judges to observe high standards of conduct so that the integrity and independence of the judiciary may be preserved."
According to njcourts.gov, she has been on the bench in Middlesex County since April, 2013. She had been nominated by former Gov. Chris Christie. According to an article published in Voices of NY, she came to the United States with her family from The Philippines when she was 6.
Prontnicki is serving a 10-year sentence at South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton in Cumberland County.