Judicial Ethics Opinions

  • New York Law Journal

    Judicial Ethics Opinion 21-132

    By Committee on Judicial Ethics | May 26, 2022

    A part-time lawyer judge who was assigned as a special prosecutor before assuming the bench, and did not seek to withdraw or be relieved as special prosecutor on assuming the bench, may request and accept permissible legal fees and disbursements for prosecutorial work performed before assuming the bench, but may not accept compensation for prosecutorial work performed after assuming the bench.

    10 minute read

  • New York Law Journal | News

    Town Justice Resigns Amid Ethics Probe

    By Jason Grant | May 13, 2022

    According to the judicial-conduct commission's administrator, there was no evidence of theft committed by the judge. The commission noted the judge previously had been disciplined twice, including for sending a letter to a criminal judge and a district attorney in which he "vouch[ed] for the defendant's character, referring repeatedly to his judicial office."

    4 minute read

  • New York Law Journal

    Judicial Ethics Opinion 21-131

    By Committee on Judicial Ethics | April 26, 2022

    1) A judicial candidate may not enter into a contract with a law firm in which the candidate agrees to recuse in certain matters if elected. (2) The inquirer may share this or other ethics opinions with counsel.

    8 minute read

  • New York Law Journal

    Judicial Ethics Opinion 21-130

    By Committee on Judicial Ethics | April 25, 2022

    May a judge write a letter in support of a court clerk's request for promotion within the court system, based on personal knowledge?

    2 minute read

  • New York Law Journal

    Judicial Ethics Opinion 21-129

    By Committee on Judicial Ethics | April 24, 2022

    A full-time judge may serve on an ad hoc interview committee for a public school district for any position that is currently open.

    4 minute read

  • New York Law Journal

    Judicial Ethics Opinion 21-127

    By Committee on Judicial Ethics | April 21, 2022

    Provided that the judge's interest in seeking elective nonjudicial office is not announced in advance, a judge need not resign from judicial office before attending a political party's caucus to nominate candidates and allowing eligible party members to vote on whether to nominate the judge for that office. If the judge receives the nomination, the judge must immediately resign from judicial office.

    4 minute read

  • New York Law Journal

    Judicial Ethics Opinion 21-126

    By Committee on Judicial Ethics | April 20, 2022

    May a part-time village justice accept employment as secretary to the town supervisor of a nearby town?

    2 minute read

  • New York Law Journal

    Judicial Ethics Opinion 21-125

    By Committee on Judicial Ethics | April 19, 2022

    May a judge whose spouse is the local Conflict Defender preside over matters involving their spouse's subordinates?

    2 minute read

  • New York Law Journal

    Judicial Ethics Opinion 21-124

    By Committee on Judicial Ethics | April 18, 2022

    A full-time judge may serve as a "fire officer" or "trustee" for a not-for-profit volunteer fire department, provided the position does not confer peace officer or police officer status, does not involve investigative responsibilities or working with law enforcement, and does not involve the judge with fund-raising.

    5 minute read

  • New York Law Journal

    Judicial Ethics Opinion 21-123

    By Committee on Judicial Ethics | April 12, 2022

    A full-time court attorney-referee who receives a commission of over $150 for serving as executor of a family member's estate must report it to the clerk of the court as required by Section 100.4(H)(2).

    4 minute read

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