The Borough of Bound Brook has appointed Katherine Howes to a three-year term as its municipal court judge. Ms. Howes brings a strong resume to the bench. In 1991 Ms. Howes became only the second woman judge in the history of Somerset County when she was appointed to the first of two terms as the Judge of the Raritan Borough Municipal Court. She was known as a tough but fair judge, who ran a tight ship and spoke Spanish from the bench.
Since then, she has served as a municipal prosecutor in Far Hills and Robbinsville, municipal public defender in Bernardsville and most recently as a member of the Peapack-Gladstone Borough Council.
This appointment is an honor. Ms. Howes is thankful for the opportunity to return to the bench. This appointment will not alter her practice in any dramatic way. She will continue as a partner in Howes & Howes, which will continue to be her primary occupation. Municipal court is a part-time job She is not giving up any of her current clients.
The appointment has, however, altered Ms. Howes’ participation in other community activities. She has resigned from the Peapack-Gladstone Borough Council, from the Board of Directors of Anderson House and from the District XIII Ethics Committee.