Introduction

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.

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New and Noteworthy

Matter of Timothy J. Cooper

The Commission has released a decision dated June 2, 2016, that Evans Town Court Justice Timothy J. Cooper (Erie County) has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Cooper Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2016 Releases.

Matter of Maija C. Dixon

The Commission has determined that Maija C. Dixon, a Judge of the Rochester City Court (Monroe County), should be censured. The Commission's decision dated May 26, 2016, is available at Dixon Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2016 Releases.

Matter of Janet M. Calano

The Commission has determined that Janet M. Calano, a Justice of the Eastchester Town Court (Westchester County), should be admonished. The Commission's decision dated May 9, 2016, is available at Calano Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2016 Releases.

Matter of Alan M. Simon

The Commission has determined that Alan M. Simon, a Justice of the Spring Valley Village Court and the Ramapo Town Court (Rockland County), should be removed from office. The Commission's determination dated March 29, 2016, is available at Simon Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2016 Releases.

Judge Simon has requested review of the determination in the Court of Appeals, which has scheduled oral argument for September 7, 2016.

The Court of Appeals suspended Judge Simon from office, with pay, pending review of the Commission's determination. Documents pertaining to the review are available at Simon Decision.

Matter of Michael R. Clark

The Commission has made public a stipulation that includes formal charges against Michael R. Clark, a Justice of the Hastings Town Court, Oswego County.

Judge Clark had agreed on February 24, 2015, in writing, to "vacate his judicial office on May 31, 2015" and never to seek or accept judicial office at any time in the future. Judge Clark rescinded his resignation by letter to the town board dated May 12, 2015. Therefore, his February stipulation becomes public, the proceedings against him are revived and the matter will proceed to a hearing before a referee. The stipulation, a decision by the Commission accepting the stipulation and Judge Clark's rescission of the resignation are available here. An accompanying press release is available at 2015 Releases.

 

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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.

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Commission Profile

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.

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Contact Information

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.

Postal Addresses
61 Broadway, Suite 1200 ♦ New York, New York 10006 (Principal Office)
          Corning Tower, Suite 2301 ♦ Empire State Plaza ♦ Albany, New York 12223
400 Andrews Street, Suite 700 ♦ Rochester, New York 14604
 
Telephone
646-386-4800  (New York City)
          518-453-4600  (Albany)
585-784-4141  (Rochester)
Fax
646-458-0037  (New York City)
518-486-1850  (Albany)
585-232-7834 (Rochester)
Email the Commission:

General Inquiries: cjc@cjc.ny.gov

Comments Regarding Pending Rules Changes: rulemaking@cjc.ny.gov

For information on public records, go to Public Records on this website.

 

Useful Links:

 

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