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. Margaret T. Walsh
Hon. Lillian Wan
Chief Counsel: Laura L. Smith, Esq.

Next Meeting

Inquiries received by April 24 will be heard on May 4, 2023.

(Those whose inquiries were received for consideration at the March meeting may call after March 23 to learn the disposition by telephone.)   

Contact Information

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

E-Mail: part100@nycourts.gov (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 22-183 amends a judge's obligations with respect to their former counsel; "after the two-year period, whether to disclose is solely within the judge’s discretion" (Dec 2022)
  • AO-347 to amend 100.4(H) (Dec 2022)
  • Opinion 22-138: "Opinions 12-90, 11-125, 11-101, and 06-44 are hereby modified to require disclosure for two years after the judge is a social guest at an attorney's wedding." (Oct 2022)
  • Remembering JJ. Borrelli and Gorski (Sept 2022)
  • Opinion 21-22(A): “we no longer prohibit remittal of disqualification merely because a party is unrepresented" (Mar 2021)
  • Recent Broadcasts (ongoing)

Self-Help (Finding Opinions)

Our search page provides access to the search engine and other resources.  Here are some additional alternatives:

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.