June 7, 1990
Digest: The law partners of a part-time judge, who is an attorney, may not practice law in that judge's court.
Rules: 22 NYCRR 100.5(f).
A part-time judge, who also is an attorney and a member of a law firm, asks if the judge's own law partners may appear before the other part-time judge in the same court.
Section 100.5(f) of the Rules of the Chief Administrator provides that “....No judge who is permitted to practice law shall permit his or her partners or associates to practice law in the court in which he or she is a judge.”
Accordingly, the judge's law partners may not appear in the judge's court before any judge. (See Opinion 87-10).