PERTH AMBOY – The city’s chief judge was removed from that position earlier this month after the state Supreme Court ruled there was a conflict of interest because his son is a Perth Amboy police officer.
George Boyd will remain a municipal judge, but he will not be able to hear cases involving the city police department because of the conflict of interest. He can no longer serve as chief judge because he cannot supervise other judges who will hear cases involving the city police department due to the conflict.
When Judge Boyd’s son, Ethan, became a Perth Amboy police officer in 2011, he advised the Middlesex County assignment judge that he would have cases involving his son transferred to another municipality for disposition. However, the Advisory Committee on Extrajudicial Activities said that Boyd could not overcome by the appearance of a conflict by transferring his son’s cases to another town and said that he should step down.
Boyd appealed to the state Supreme Court, which agreed with the committee’s concerns.
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