The Commission's  public determinations are available through this web site and may be searched chronologically or alphabetically (by the judge's name), either by clicking on the appropriate button to the left or using the search function at the bottom of this page.

Accessing Decisions Through WESTLAW® or LEXIS®

The entire library of Commission determinations (from 1978 to present) is also available and searchable online through Westlaw®.  Subscribers may select the Westlaw® database entitled "nyeth-disp" for access to the Commission's disciplinary determinations.

Commission determinations from 1997 to the present are available and searchable online through Lexis®.  Subscribers may select the Lexis® database entitled "New York Commission on Judicial Conduct Opinions" for access to the Commission's disciplinary determinations.

A statistical compilation of the Commission's determinations since its inception in 1978 is available in the first chart below.

From 1975, when the Commission was first established by the Legislature as a temporary agency, to April 1, 1978, when the Commission in its present form was made permanent by an amendment to the State Constitution, the Commission had authority to commence judicial disciplinary proceedings in the Appellate Division or in an ad hoc Court on the Judiciary convened by the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals.  Those courts retained jurisdiction as to Commission cases commenced prior to April 1, 1978, after which their authority to hear judicial disciplinary cases ceased.  The Court on the Judiciary no longer exists.

The second chart below represents the disposition of Commission cases brought in the Appellate Division and the Court on the Judiciary, prior to the constitutional amendment of April 1, 1978.

Chart totals are updated as of August 5, 2014 .

 

 

 

 

Disciplinary Determinations by the Commission on Judicial Conduct, 1978 to Present
Disposition
Town & Village Court Justices
All Other Judges
Total
Removal from Office
124
44
168
Public Censure
217
94
311
Public Admonition
165
88
253
Stipulated Resignation/Retirement*
40
8
48
Totals
546
234
780

* Procedure was instituted in July 2003.

 

Disciplinary Determinations by the Courts in Cases Commenced by the Commission Prior to April 1, 1978, When the Present System of Judicial Discipline Went into Effect
Disposition
Town & Village Court Justices
All Other Judges
Total
Removal from Office
3
3
6
Suspension*
4
1
5
Public Censure
19
7
26
Public Admonition
0
0
0
Other**
1
1
2
Totals
27
12
39

*Prior to April 1, 1978, the Commission also had the power to suspend a judge from office.  One of the five judges included in this category was suspended by the Commission; the other four were suspended by the Appellate Division or the Court on the Judiciary.

** One judge was "directed" by the Court on the Judiciary to amend his conduct.  Another judge resigned and was barred by the Court from holding judicial office in the future.

 

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