The Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics provides ethics advice to judges, justices and quasi-judicial officials of the NYS Unified Court System about their own conduct.

Our sole mission is to help judges comply with the Rules Governing Judicial Conduct.

Co-Chairs: Hon. George D. Marlow
Hon. Margaret T. Walsh
Vice-Chair: Hon. Betty Weinberg Ellerin
Chief Counsel: Laura L. Smith, Esq.


Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics
c/o Laura L. Smith, Esq., Chief Counsel
25 Beaver Street, Room 866
New York, NY 10004

Telephone: 1-866-79-JUDGE [58343] (toll free)

E-Mail: None. (See the Committee's policy for more information.)


Broadcast Opinions

To make the Committee's opinions more accessible:


Inquiry Status

Once the Committee meets and decides an inquiry (see Meeting Dates), the inquiring judge may call us at 1-866-795-8343 to learn the disposition immediately by telephone.

A formal written opinion will follow in due course.