12:235-10.9 Final hearing
When requested by the judge, a final hearing in major discipline shall be conducted by an independent hearing officer under procedures set by the hearing officer. The hearing officer will make a recommendation to the Commissioner. As feasible and as permitted by law, the hearing officer shall be a retired judge of the Superior Court. At the hearing, the Department may be represented by the Attorney General or a designated representative. After recommendation of the hearing officer or on the record if no hearing had been requested, the Commissioner shall make the final decision in all cases other than removal. The Governor, pursuant to Art. V, Sec. IV, Par. 5 of the New Jersey Constitution and upon recommendation of the Commissioner, may remove a judge from office.