The Commission's Mandate and History

The Commission on Judicial Conduct is responsible for investigating complaints against judges of the unified court system and, where appropriate, determining to admonish, censure or remove from office 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. A fuller description of the Commission's mandate and history can be found on the General Information page.

 

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Commission Profile

The Commission is composed of 11 members who serve a four-year term without compensation. The Governor appoints four members, the Chief Judge appoints three, and each of the four leaders of the State Legislature appoints one. The Commission appoints an Administrator and Counsel, who hires and directs the staff in Commission proceedings, and a Clerk, who assists the Commission in rendering its determinations. The Commission's offices are located in New York City, Albany and Rochester. More information about members and Staff, including selected biographies, can be found on the General Information page.

 

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.

Albany

Albany Corning Tower

Suite 2301 Empire State Plaza

Albany, New York 12223

Telephone: 518-453-4600

Fax: 518-486-1850

New York

61 Broadway

Suite 1200

New York, New York 10006

Telephone: 646-386-4800

Fax: 646-458-0037

Rochester

400 Andrews Street

Suite 700

Rochester, New York 14604

Telephone: 585-784-4141

Fax: 585-232-7834