For judge, a temp job becomes permanent

MOUNT HOLLY Superior Court Judge Karen L. Suter, who has served on the Burlington County bench since 2001, will join the Appellate Division on Dec. 28, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced Thursday.

Suter, who was assigned to the civil and family court in Mount Holly, has been on temporary assignment to the Appellate Division since July. Before her appointment as a judge, she was the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance. She also worked for 17 years as a deputy attorney general and had provided legal counsel to the department and other agencies.

Suter earned her law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Camden.

"It has been a privilege to have served the people of Burlington County for the past 15 years," she said in a statement. "I thank Chief Justice Rabner for this wonderful opportunity. My thanks as well to the fine bench, bar, and staff here in Burlington County. I am honored to accept this new role and look forward to the challenges that await."

The 32 Appellate Division judges hear appeals from decisions of the trial courts, the Tax Court, and state administrative agencies. More than 6,000 appeals are heard a year, according to a statement from the courts. - Jan Hefler