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Requesting an Opinion

The Advisory Committee can only respond to inquiries from New York State judges and others subject to Part 100 of the Rules of the Chief Administrator of the Courts (22 NYCRR part 100), about the propriety of their own prospective conduct under the Rules. To request a judicial ethics opinion, please write to:

Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics
c/o Maryrita Dobiel, Esq., Chief Counsel
187 Wolf Road, Suite 103
Albany, NY 12205
Tel: 1-866-79-JUDGE (or 1-866-795-8343)

NOTE: Please include two telephone numbers in case the Committee needs to contact you about your inquiry.

The Committee makes every effort to consider and decide each written inquiry at the next regularly scheduled meeting, as long as the inquiry is received at least 10 days prior to a scheduled meeting date.


Expedited Responses

  • If you need an expedited response, you must explain in your inquiry why it is time-sensitive.
  • If your particular inquiry involves your campaign conduct, you may obtain expedited consideration by contacting the Judicial Campaign Ethics Center (email or call 1-888-600-JCEC).

For informal inquiries, which do not provide the protections of Judiciary Law §212(2)(l), you may contact any of the members or staff of the Committee by telephone.

The Committee does not accept e-mail inquiries.


Statutory Authority and Precedential Value

Judiciary Law §212(2)(l) provides that any action a judge takes in accordance with a formal written advisory opinion of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics is "presumed proper" for purposes of any subsequent investigation by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.