Judges may be penalized for tardiness in their rulings, but such misconduct must be determined based on the circumstances of the individual cases, the New York state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

The 6-0 court revisited its 1990 finding in Matter of Greenfield, 76 NY2d 293, in which it held, generally, that the state Commission on Judicial Conduct lacked the jurisdiction to discipline a judge for failing to timely dispose of pending matters.

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