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

Annual Report

The Commission has released its 2014 Annual Report, covering activities throughout the calendar year 2013. The Report is available at Annual Report. An accompanying press release is available at 2014 Releases.

Matter of Donald G. Lustyik

The Commission has determined that Norfolk Town Court Justice Donald G. Lustyik (St. Lawrence County) should be admonished. The Commission's determination dated March 25, 2014, is available at Lustyik Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2014 Releases.

Commission Members Reappointed

Rolando T. Acosta, an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, has been reappointed to the Commission by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman for a term ending March 31, 2018. Judge Acosta was first appointed to the Commission in 2010.  

Joel Cohen, Of Counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in Manhattan, has been reappointed to the Commission by Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver for a term ending March 31, 2018. Mr. Cohen was first appointed to the Commission in 2010.

David A. Weinstein, a Judge of the Court of Claims, has been reappointed to the Commission by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for a term ending March 31, 2018.  Judge Weinstein was first appointed to the Commission in 2012.

Biographies of Judge Acosta, Mr. Cohen, Judge Weinstein and the other members of the Commission are available at Member Biographies.

Matter of Philip A. Crandall

The Commission has released a decision dated March 6, 2014, that Coeymans Town Court Justice and Acting Ravena Village Court Justice Philip A. Crandall (Albany County) has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Crandall Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2014 Releases.

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.

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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 ♦ New York, New York 10006 (Principal Office)
          Corning Tower, Suite 2301 ♦ Empire State Plaza ♦ Albany, New York 12223
400 Andrews Street ♦ 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