Judicial Ethics Notice 22-22 (B)


JThe Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee responds to written inquiries from New York State’s approximately 3,600 judges and judges, as well as hundreds of court hearing officers, support magistrates, arbitrator attorneys and judicial candidates (judges and non-judges seeking election). judicial office). The committee interprets the Rules Governing Judicial Conduct (22 NYCRR Part 100) and, to the extent applicable, the Code of Judicial Conduct. The committee is made up of 27 current and retired justices and is co-chaired by the Honorable Margaret Walsh, Justice of the Supreme Court of Albany County, and the Honorable Lillian Wan, Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department.

Digest: A full-time judge, previously employed as a lawyer in the legal services office of a non-profit union, and who upon retirement will be eligible for pension and medical benefits through the union: ( 1) is permanently disqualified in cases where the judge has participated in any way as counsel, either personally or supervisoryly; 2° is disqualified for two years, subject to dismissal, in cases involving former clients of the judge; but (3) is not otherwise disqualified from cases where a litigant is represented by the union, provided the judge can be fair and impartial.


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