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.


Hon. Margaret T. Walsh (ret.)
Hon. Lillian Wan

Chief Counsel:

Laura L. Smith, Esq.

Next Meeting

Inquiries received by June 6 will be heard on June 20, 2024.

(Those who timely submitted inquiries for the May 9th meeting may call after the meeting to learn the disposition by telephone; a written opinion will ordinarily follow in due course.)

Contact Information

Telephone: 1-866-795-8343 (toll free)

E-Mail: [email protected] (see guidelines).

Mailing Address (see guidelines):
Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics
c/o Laura L. Smith, Esq., Chief Counsel
25 Beaver Street, 8th floor
New York, NY 10004


New or Notable

  • Opinion 23-227 Must a part-time judge resign from a law firm that engages in political activity? (Mar 2024)
  • Opinion 24-38 One judge in a two-judge town court may preside in cases involving tickets issued by the other judge in their former capacity as a law enforcement officer (Mar 2024).
  • Opinion 23-140 A judge must not post announcements about an organization’s fund-raising activities on social media (Dec 2023).
  • Other Highlights (April 2024)
  • Recently Released (ongoing)

Self-Help (Finding Opinions)

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Inquiry Status

Call us at 866-795-8343 after the meeting to learn the disposition of your own inquiry. 

A formal written opinion will follow in due course.