Welcome to the official web site of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

This web site contains information on the Commission's authority and jurisdiction, its history and procedures, its recent decisions and other material related to the field of judicial ethics and professional discipline.

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New and Noteworthy

Election of Officers

On April 28, 2016, the Commission elected attorneys Joseph W. Belluck as Chair and Paul B. Harding as Vice Chair.  The Chair and Vice Chair are elected by the members and serve renewable two-year terms.  An accompanying press release is available at 2016 Releases.

Commission Member Appointments

Sylvia G. Ash, a Justice of the Supreme Court, Kings County, has been appointed to the Commission by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore for a term ending March 31, 2020.

Joseph W. Belluck, a partner in the law firm Belluck & Fox LLP, has been reappointed to the Commission by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for a term ending March 31, 2020.  Mr. Belluck was first appointed to the Commission in 2008.

Richard D. Emery, a partner in the law firm of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP, has been reappointed to the Commission by Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins for a term ending March 31, 2020.  Mr. Emery was first appointed to the Commission in 2004.

Biographies of Justice Ash, Mr. Belluck, Mr. Emery and the other members of the Commission are available at Member Biographies

Matter of Alan M. Simon

The Commission has determined that Alan M. Simon, a Justice of the Spring Valley Village Court and the Ramapo Town Court (Rockland County), should be removed from office. The Commission's determination dated March 29, 2016, is available at Simon Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2016 Releases.

Judge Simon has requested review of the determination in the Court of Appeals. Briefs will be filed and the Court will schedule the matter for oral argument.

The Court of Appeals suspended Judge Simon from office, with pay, pending review of the Commission's determination. The Court's order is available at Simon Suspension.

Matter of Delmar R. House

The Commission has released a decision dated March 11, 2016, that West Carthage Village Court Justice Delmar R. House (Jefferson County) has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at House Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2016 Releases.

Annual Report

The Commission has released its 2016 Annual Report, covering activities throughout the calendar year 2015. The Report is available at Annual Report. An accompanying press release is available at 2016 Releases.

Matter of Michael R. Clark

The Commission has made public a stipulation that includes formal charges against Michael R. Clark, a Justice of the Hastings Town Court, Oswego County.

Judge Clark had agreed on February 24, 2015, in writing, to "vacate his judicial office on May 31, 2015" and never to seek or accept judicial office at any time in the future. Judge Clark rescinded his resignation by letter to the town board dated May 12, 2015. Therefore, his February stipulation becomes public, the proceedings against him are revived and the matter will proceed to a hearing before a referee. The stipulation, a decision by the Commission accepting the stipulation and Judge Clark's rescission of the resignation are available here. An accompanying press release is available at 2015 Releases.


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The Commission's Mandate and History

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct is the state agency responsible for investigating complaints of misconduct against judges of the state unified court system and, where appropriate, determining to admonish, censure or remove from office those judges found to have engaged in unethical behavior.  All determinations are subject to review in the Court of Appeals, New York State's highest court.For a fuller description of the Commission's mandate and history, please refer to the section on Mandate & History in the General Information page of this web site.

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Commission Profile

There are 11 Commission members, each serving a term of four years.  The Governor appoints four members, the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals appoints three, and each of the four leaders of the State Legislature appoints one.  The members serve part-time, without compensation.  The Commission elects one of its members to serve as chair.The Commission appoints an Administrator and Counsel, who serves full-time and hires and directs the staff.  The Commission's offices are located in New York City, Albany and Rochester.In addition, the Commission is assisted by a lawyer who is the Clerk of the Commission. A listing of Commission Members and Staff,and selected biographies, are located in the General Information section of this web site.

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Contact Information

The best way to communicate with us is by letter, particularly if your purpose is to make a complaint against a judge.  (See the page within in this web site on Filing a Complaint.)  You may also contact us by fax or e-mail, as indicated below; but please note that, by law, all complaints must be in writing and signed.  Communications regarding complaints should be sent in writing to one of the postal addresses below. Because the Commission members decide whether to investigate a complaint, the Commission staff is not permitted to advise complainants or potential complainants whether their complaints would be investigated.

Postal Addresses
61 Broadway, Suite 1200 ♦ New York, New York 10006 (Principal Office)
          Corning Tower, Suite 2301 ♦ Empire State Plaza ♦ Albany, New York 12223
400 Andrews Street, Suite 700 ♦ Rochester, New York 14604
646-386-4800  (New York City)
          518-453-4600  (Albany)
585-784-4141  (Rochester)
646-458-0037  (New York City)
518-486-1850  (Albany)
585-232-7834 (Rochester)
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Comments Regarding Pending Rules Changes:

For information on public records, go to Public Records on this website.


Useful Links:


New York State Government

New York State Court System

Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics

Judicial Campaign Ethics Center

Joint Commission on Public Ethics

Court System's Ethics Commission

New York State Judicial Institute

Committee on Open Government

New York Codes, Rules and Regulations