Bergen judge went beyond the bench to help those in need


Bergen County Superior Court Judge Deborah L. Ustas always had a special spot in her heart for others.

Ustas, 50, who died Friday afternoon, supported two significant non-profit organizations in and around Passaic County: Shelter Our Sisters, which provides safe shelter and other asssistance to domestic violence victims, and Eva’s Village, which helps the homeless, drug addicted and underprivileged. Judge Ustas also was on the Board of Trustees of 1st Cerebral Palsy of NJ.

No surprise, then, that she served as a Family Court judge in Bergen County before moving to the criminal bench.

“Judge Ustas left an indelible impression on all those she encountered –friendly, passionate in her convictions and representation, compassionate in her courtroom and a wonderful person,” said Bergen County Sheriff Leo McGuire. “She will be sorely missed by all.”

Her legal background is both rich and diverse. CONTINUE….

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