Absent any aggravating factors, tardiness by judges in rendering decisions is a matter for court administrators to remedy, not the Commission on Judicial Conduct, the lawyer for a soon-to-be New York Supreme Court justice argued Tuesday before the New York Court of Appeals.

Attorney James E. Long of Albany conceded that Judge James P. Gilpatric allowed some matters before his Kingston City Court to go on too long, especially the small claims matter that he took 31 months to decide.