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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics

NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Town justice: Opinion 20-198

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Town justice Advising town board – Leash law sanctions Opinion 20-198 Background: A town justice presides in cases involving alleged leash law violations has determined the court cannot legally order the defendant ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Spouse’s political advocacy: Opinion 20-157/20-160

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Spouse’s political advocacy Fund-raising – Marital residence Opinion 20-157/20-160 Background: An inquiring judge asks if their spouse may host a political fund-raiser for a candidate the spouse supports at the couple’s marital ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Elections: Opinion 20-159

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Elections Town attorney – Non-judicial office – Same slate Opinion 20-159 Background: An inquiring town justice seeking re-election states that the assistant town attorney is seeking the same political party’s endorsement for ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Judicial association: Opinion 20-161

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Judicial association Complaint against the District Attorney Opinion 20-161 Background: A county magistrates association is considering filing a disciplinary complaint against the county’s district attorney. The association’s purposes include preserving the independence ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Former referee in foreclosure: Opinion 20-178

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Former referee in foreclosure Escrow account – Ministerial duties Opinion 20-178 Background: The inquiring judge asks about his obligations with respect to an escrow account. Before he assumed the bench, he served ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Gun permit: Opinion 20-181

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Gun permit Character reference – Prohibited conduct Opinion 20-181 Background: The inquiring judge asks whether he must take any action with respect to the submissions of a town justice in support of ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Accepting award: Opinion 20-184

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Accepting award Non-profit entity – Activities and legal advocacy Opinion 20-184 Background: The inquiring judge asks if he may accept an award for domestic violence awareness month in his capacity as a ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Distribution of plea offers: Opinion 20-177

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Distribution of plea offers Town justice security personnel Opinion 20-177 Background: The inquiring town justice asks if it is ethically permissible for security personnel in their town court to distribute the district ...

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The new judicial ‘recusal’ law: A solution seeking a problem?

As any former member of the state Legislature will confess, bills get passed each year and signed into law that represent a perceived solution desperately seeking a widespread problem. The newly enacted law, often ill defined and lacking any adequate ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics – Quasi-judicial employee: Opinion 20-175

New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Quasi-judicial employee Part-time document review – For-profit agency Opinion 20-175 Background: The inquiring judge asks whether a quasi-judicial full-time employee, may accept part-time employment with a private agency doing remote legal document ...

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