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.
New and Noteworthy
Matter of Robert P. Merino
The Commission determined that Niagara Falls City Court Judge Robert P. Merino (Niagara County) should be admonished. The Commission's determination dated October 2, 2014, is available at Merino Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2014 Releases.
Matter of Barry Kamins
The Commission released a decision dated September 29, 2014, closing its investigation of a complaint against Supreme Court Justice Barry Kamins, who agreed in a stipulation with the Commission's Administrator to vacate his judicial office. The decision is available at Kamins Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2014 Releases.
Matter of William E. Montgomery
The Commission released a decision dated September 22, 2014, accepting the resignation of Colden Town Court Justice William E. Montgomery (Erie County). The decision is available at Montgomery Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2014 Releases.
Matter of Domenick J. Porco
The Commission released a decision dated September 18, 2014, accepting the resignation of Eastchester Town Court Justice Domenick J. Porco (Westchester County). The decision is available at Porco Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2014 Releases.
Matter of Cathryn M. Doyle
The New York State Court of Appeals has accepted the Commission's Determination that Albany County Surrogate's Court Judge Cathryn M. Doyle should be removed from office.
The Court's decision was issued on June 26, 2014, and is available at Court of Appeals Decision. The Commission's Determination is available at Doyle Decision.
Oral Argument was held before the Court on June 5, 2014. The Court's webcast of the argument is available at COA Webcast Archive -- No. 106 on June 5.
Court of Appeals Decision Dismissing Challenge to Commission
The New York State Court of Appeals issued a decision dated June 10, 2014, in the Matter of New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct v. Seth Rubenstein, affirming the Commission's decades-old access to court records that are sealed pursuant to Criminal Procedure Law Section 160.50. The Court held that the Commission is entitled to any such records that are "reasonably related" to an investigation, because Judiciary Law Section 42(3) authorizes the Commission to "request and receive from any court, department, division, board, bureau, commission, or other agency of the state or political subdivision thereof or any public authority such assistance, information and data as will enable it properly to carry out its functions, powers and duties." The Court’s decision is available at Rubenstein Case.
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.
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.
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.
Email the Commission:
- Postal Addresses
- 61 Broadway, Suite 1200 ♦ New York, New York 10006 (Principal
Corning Tower, Suite 2301 ♦ Empire State Plaza ♦ Albany, New York 12223
- 400 Andrews Street, Suite 700 ♦ Rochester, New York
- 646-386-4800 (New York City)
- 585-784-4141 (Rochester)
- 646-458-0037 (New York City)
- 585-232-7834 (Rochester)
General Inquiries: email@example.com
Comments Regarding Pending Rules
For information on
public records, go to Public Records on this website.
New York State Government
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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