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 Michael R. Clark

The Commission has determined that Michael R. Clark, a Justice of the Hastings Town Court (Oswego County), should be censured. The Commission's decision dated March 13, 2017, is available at Clark Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2017 Releases.

New Commission Member Appointed

Taa R. Grays, Esq., has been appointed to the Commission by Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. Biographical information on Ms. Grays and the rest of the Commission members is available at Commission Members. An accompanying press release is available at 2017 Releases.

Matter of Walter C. Purtell

The Commission has released a decision dated March 15, 2016, that York Town Court Justice Walter C. Purtell (Livingston County) has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Purtell Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2017 Releases.

Annual Report

The Commission has released its 2017 Annual Report, covering activities throughout the calendar year 2016. The Report is available at Annual Report. An accompanying press release is available at 2017 Releases.

Matter of Lisa J. Whitmarsh

The Commission has determined that Lisa J. Whitmarsh, a Justice of the Morristown Town Court (St. Lawrence County), should be admonished. The Commission's decision dated December 28, 2016, is available at Whitmarsh Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2017 Releases.

Matter of Carol A. Rumenapp

The Commission has determined that Carol A. Rumenapp, a Justice of the Milford Town Court (Otsego County), should be admonished. The Commission's decision dated December 30, 2016, is available at Rumenapp Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2017 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
 
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