Opinion 98-52

May 8, 1998



         The Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics has considered your inquiry (98-52) concerning the propriety of your seeking to be licensed as a private investigator.

         Enclosed for your information are Opinions 90-1 (Vol V), 91-127 (Vol VIII), 92-08 (Vol IX) and 92-63 (Vol IX) in which this Committee concluded that judges may maintain employment as private investigators subject to the disqualification requirements and other caveats articulated in the enclosed opinions.

                                                                     Very truly yours,


                                                                     George D. Marlow

                                                                     Dutchess County Court Judge



                                                                     Thomas P. Flaherty

                                                                     Justice of the Supreme Court