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

Hon. Daniel Angiolillo
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: 1-866-795-8343 (toll free)

E-Mail: See the Committee's NEW policy for more information.


Self-Help (Finding Opinions)

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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.