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Filing a Complaint


There are two ways for the Commission to consider a complaint of misconduct made against a judge of the state unified court system: upon receipt of a written complaint signed by the complainant, or upon its own motion based upon information brought to its attention from some source other than a complainant (such as a newspaper article).

The Judiciary Law requires that complaints against judges be in writing and signed.  Complaints do not have to be sworn or notarized.  A complainant may make a complaint by filling out and submitting a signed Complaint Form, or by writing and signing a letter which describes the alleged misconduct.  Such letters should be as detailed as possible, including such information as the name of the judge, the court, the name of the case, the name of the attorneys, the date or dates on which the misconduct allegedly occurred, a description of the alleged misconduct, etc.

The Commission reviews all complaints and decides whether or not to investigate.   Sometimes it is necessary for the Commission's staff to call the complainant or other participants for clarification of the complaint.

Complaints may be mailed to any of the Commission's offices:

61 Broadway New York, NY 10006
Corning Tower, Suite 2301 ♦ Empire State Plaza ♦ Albany, New York 12223
400 Andrews Street Rochester, NY 14604

If the Commission decides to investigate a matter on its own motion, then according to law, the Commission shall file as part of its record a written complaint, signed by the Administrator of the Commission, which shall serve as the basis for such investigation.