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David Bookstaver, Director
Mai Yee, Assistant Director
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Date: June 5, 2006

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Candidates in Upcoming Judges Elections to Undergo Mandatory Ethics Training

NEW YORK - Starting this year, candidates in judicial elections in New York will be required to complete ethics training, according to a new rule approved by the New York State Administrative Board of the Courts. The rule applies to judicial candidates for all New York courts except town and village courts.

“Judicial candidates must be thoroughly versed in the rules of ethical campaign behavior,” said Chief Administrative Judge Lippman. “To that end, New York’s Judiciary will begin this summer a statewide program to provide candidates mandatory campaign ethics training. This new program will ensure that those running for judicial office will have all the information and guidance they need to conduct fair, dignified campaigns.”

The training will be conducted by the court system’s Judicial Campaign Ethics Center and offered live at the Judicial Institute in White Plains and via simulcast on July 28 and September 19, 2006, at locations throughout the state. Candidates unable to attend either the live program or simulcast can view the program on videotape. The two-hour training program will consist of a discussion of rules of court relevant to judicial candidates, common ethical questions that arise in a judicial campaign and hypothetical scenarios. Candidates must complete the training either 90 days before or 30 days after receiving the nomination for judicial office.

The ethics training program is the latest in a series of reforms recommended by the Commission to Promote Public Confidence in Judicial Elections that have been adopted by New York’s Judiciary. This commission, chaired by John D. Feerick, former Dean of Fordham Law School and Chair of New York State Commission on Government Integrity, was empaneled by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye to reaffirm public trust and foster ethical and dignified judicial campaigns.

The Judicial Campaign Ethics Center (JCEC) was established in 2004 by the New York State court system to promote public awareness of judicial elections and serve as a resource for judicial candidates on matters relating to campaign conduct.

Information about the judicial campaign ethics program, including location and times, will be available on the JCEC website at or by calling the center directly at 1-888-600-5232.

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