By: Daily Record Staff//March 23, 2016
By: Daily Record Staff//March 23, 2016//
New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics
Disclosure – Period of Disclosure
Background: The inquiring judge asked if the time in which he must disclose that his former partners left his law firm and formerly represented the local district attorney on certain civil matters is limited.
Opinion: The Committee concluded that for two years after the representation is fully concluded and all fees are paid, a judge is disqualified when a client of his law firm appears in court. In this instance the two year period has lapsed, it is in the judge’s discretion whether to disclose that his former law firm’s colleagues represented a client who is currently before the judge as a litigant.