Welcome to the official web site of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
This web site contains information on the Commission's authority and jurisdiction, its history and procedures, its recent decisions and other material related to the field of judicial ethics and professional discipline.
New and Noteworthy
Matter of Mary Brigantti-Hughes
The Commission has determined that Supreme Court Justice Mary Brigantti-Hughes (Bronx County) should be censured. The Commission's determination, dated December 17, 2013, is available at Brigantti-Hughes Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2014 Releases.
Matter of Thomas J. Newman, Jr.
The Commission has determined that Sloatsburg Village Court Justice Thomas J. Newman, Jr. (Rockland County) should be censured. The Commission's determination, dated December 18, 2013, is available at Newman Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2014 Releases.
Matter of David A. Prince
The Commission has determined that Pomfret Town Court and Fredonia Village Court Justice David A. Prince (Chautauqua County) should be admonished. The Commission's determination, dated December 18, 2013, is available at Prince Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2014 Releases.
Court of Appeals Upholds Commission Determination to Remove Middletown Town Court Justice Glen R. George
The Commission has determined that Middletown Town Court Justice Glen R. George (Delaware County) should be removed from office. The Commission's determination, dated May 1, 2013, is available at George Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2013 Releases.
Judge George requested review of the Commission's removal determination by the Court of Appeals. Oral argument was held at the Court of Appeals on November 14, 2013.
The Court of Appeals upheld the Commission's determination and removed Judge George from office in a decision dated December 10, 2013. The Court's decision is available at George Removal.
Matter of Cathryn M. Doyle
The Commission has determined that Albany County Surrogate’s Court Judge Cathryn M. Doyle should be removed from office. The Commission’s determination dated November 12, 2013, is available at Doyle Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2013 Releases.
Judge Doyle has requested review of the determination in the Court of Appeals. Briefs will be filed and the Court will schedule the matter for oral argument.
The Court of Appeals suspended Judge Doyle from office, with pay, pending review of the Commission's determination. The Court's order is available at Doyle Suspension.
The Commission's Mandate and History
The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct is
the state agency responsible for investigating complaints of misconduct against judges of
the state unified court system and, where appropriate, determining to admonish, censure or
remove from office those judges found to have engaged in unethical behavior. All
determinations are subject to review in the Court of Appeals, New York State's highest
court.For a fuller description of the Commission's mandate
and history, please refer to the section on Mandate &
History in the General Information page of this web site.
There are 11 Commission members, each serving a term
of four years. The Governor appoints four members, the Chief Judge of the Court of
Appeals appoints three, and each of the four leaders of the State Legislature appoints
one. The members serve part-time, without compensation. The Commission elects
one of its members to serve as chair.The Commission appoints an Administrator and Counsel,
who serves full-time and hires and directs the staff. The Commission's offices are
located in New York City, Albany and Rochester.In addition, the Commission is assisted by a lawyer
who is the Clerk of the Commission. A listing of Commission
Members and Staff,and selected biographies, are located in
the General Information section of this web site.
The best way to communicate with us is by letter,
particularly if your purpose is to make a complaint against a judge. (See the page
within in this web site on Filing a Complaint.) You may
also contact us by fax or e-mail, as indicated below; but please note that, by law, all
complaints must be in writing and signed. Communications regarding
complaints should be sent in writing to one of the postal addresses below. Because the Commission members decide whether to
investigate a complaint, the Commission staff is not permitted to advise complainants or
potential complainants whether their complaints would be investigated.
Email the Commission:
- Postal Addresses
- 61 Broadway ♦ New York, New York 10006 (Principal
Corning Tower, Suite 2301 ♦ Empire State Plaza ♦ Albany, New York 12223
- 400 Andrews Street ♦ Rochester, New York
- 646-386-4800 (New York City)
- 585-784-4141 (Rochester)
- 646-458-0037 (New York City)
- 585-232-7834 (Rochester)
General Inquiries: email@example.com
Comments Regarding Pending Rules
For information on
public records, go to Public Records on this website.
New York State Government
New York State Court System
Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics
Judicial Campaign Ethics Center
Joint Commission on Public Ethics
Court System's Ethics Commission
New York State Judicial Institute
Committee on Open Government
New York Codes, Rules and Regulations