Introduction

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

Matter of Gary M. Poole

The Commission has released a decision dated June 16, 2017, that Rose Town Court Justice Gary M. Poole (Wayne County) has agreed to vacate his judicial office effective July 1, 2017, and agreed to never seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Poole Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2017 Releases.

Matter of Linda J. Drake

The Commission has released a decision dated June 16, 2017, that Rossie Town Court Justice Linda J. Drake (St. Lawrence County) has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Drake Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2017 Releases.

Matter of Jacques Michel

The Commission has released a decision dated June 14, 2017, that Spring Valley Village Court Justice Jacques Michel (Rockland County), has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future unless his federal felony conviction is vacated by a final order of a court of the United States. The decision is available at Michel Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2017 Releases.

New Commission Member Appointed

Angela M. Mazzarelli, an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, has been appointed to the Commission by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore for a term to commence July 1, 2017. Justice Mazzarelli succeeds Presiding Justice Rolando T. Acosta of the Appellate Division, First Department, who served on the Commission since 2010.

Biographical information Justices Mazzarelli and Acosta, and the rest of the Commission members is available at Commission Members. An accompanying press release is available at 2017 Releases.

Matter of Daniel J. McCullough

The Commission has released a decision dated June 16, 2017, that Acting Supreme Court Justice Daniel J. McCullough (New York County) has retired from judicial office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at McCullough Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2017 Releases.

Matter of Leticia M. Ramirez

The Commission has determined that Leticia M. Ramirez, a Judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York and an Acting Justice of the Supreme Court, 1st Judicial District (New York County), should be admonished. The Commission's decision dated May 4, 2017 is available at Ramirez Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2017 Releases.

Matter of J. Marshall Ayres

The Commission has determined that J. Marshall Ayres, a Justice of the Conklin Town Court (Broome County), should be removed from office. The Commission's decision dated May 4, 2017, is available at Ayres Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2017 Releases.

Judge Ayres 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 Ayres, with pay, pending review of the Commission's determination. The Court's order is available at Ayres Suspension.

 

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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
 
Telephone
646-386-4800  (New York City)
          518-453-4600  (Albany)
585-784-4141  (Rochester)
Fax
646-458-0037  (New York City)
518-486-1850  (Albany)
585-232-7834 (Rochester)
Email the Commission:

General Inquiries: cjc@cjc.ny.gov

Comments Regarding Pending Rules Changes: rulemaking@cjc.ny.gov

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