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Matter of Jill Kehn

The Commission determined that Jill Kehn, a Judge of the Family Court, Rensselaer County, should be censured. The Commission's decision dated June 21, 2024, is available at Kehn Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2024 Releases.

Matter of John J. Nevers

The Commission has released a decision dated June 13, 2024, that John J. Nevers, a Justice of the New Lebanon Town Court, Columbia County, has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Nevers Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2024 Releases.

Matter of Joseph Nowakowski

The Commission has released a decision dated June 13, 2024, that Joseph Nowakowski, a Justice of the Bethany Town Court, Genesee County, has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Nowakowski Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2024 Releases.

Matter of Van H. White

The Commission determined that Van H. White, a Judge of the Rochester City Court, should be admonished. The Commission's decision dated May 13, 2024, is available at White Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2024 Releases.

Matter of Kathleen L. Robichaud

The Commission has released a decision dated May 2, 2024, that Kathleen L. Robichaud, a Judge of the Rensselaer City Court, Rensselaer County, has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Robichaud Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2024 Releases.

Matter of Mitchell Q. Soules, Jr.

The Commission has released a decision dated May 2, 2024, that Mitchell Q. Soules, Jr., a Justice of the Little Falls Town Court, Herkimer County, has resigned from office and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office in the future. The decision is available at Soules Decision. An accompanying press release is available at 2024 Releases.

Pending Legislation

Legislation has been introduced to amend certain provisions of the Judiciary Law pertaining to the operations of the Commission on Judicial Conduct, consistent with recommendations the Commission itself has advocated since its inception in 1978. More information, including links to the language, status of the bills, and a memo of support from several respected and influential civic organizations is available at Pending Legislation.