Appellate Division Second Judicial Department, Independent Judicial Election Qualifications Commissions
Calendars Decisions

Independent Judicial Election
Qualification Commissions
for the Second Judicial Department

The Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions (IJEQCs) were a statewide network of independent screening panels for judicial candidates, established in each New York State judicial district in February 2007, by the Chief Administrative Judge.  Effective December 31, 2018, the commissions are no longer functioning and so no longer accepting applications for review.

The commissions were governed by Part 150 of the Rules of the Chief Administrative Judge  and were responsible for reviewing the qualifications of candidates within their respective judicial district who were seeking public election to New York State Supreme Court, County Court, Surrogate’s Court, Family Court, New York City Civil Court, District Court or City Court. The screening process was designed to ensure that voters were provided with as much information as possible about the qualifications of candidates for judicial office.  The evaluations issued by the commission were available on this web site.

At the time the commissions were disbanded, a study was underway by the New York State Bar Association to determine whether the commissions’ function could properly be assumed by another entity.