November 13, 1997
A Supreme Court justice may serve on the Executive Committee of a Youth
Court that is sponsored by a local village and which is funded by the village
and the New York State Division for Youth.
Jud. Law §3; 22 NYCRR 100.4;
Opinion 93-102 (Vol. XI).
A Supreme Court justice has been invited to serve on the Executive Committee of a Youth Court which is sponsored by a village within the judge's district and which is funded by the village and a New York State Division for Youth grant. The judge asks if there are any rules which would prohibit service on the committee.
This Committee has previously held that a Family Court judge may participate
in the planning and development of a youth court under the auspices of
a local youth board and the United States Attorney's office. Opinion 93-102
(Vol. XI). The fact that this inquirer is a Supreme Court justice and that
this youth court is sponsored by a different government entity than in
Opinion 93-102 are of no significance. The judge, however, should exercise
caution so that specific activities on behalf of the Executive Committee
and the Youth Court do not violate limitations articulated in the rules
or statutes. See e.g. Jud. Law §3; 22 NYCRR 100.4.