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In this litigious environment, even judges are not immune from the filing of complaints against them. The usual accuser is a disgruntled litigant or an attorney with whom the judge does not see eye to eye with. Either way, it is important to address these issues as soon as they arise. The general public is demanding more accountabilty from all areas of government, and judges are no exception. The penalties can range from the mild, to removal from the bench.

If you are a sitting judge and have become aware of a complaint filed against you, do not ignore it. Seek counsel and guidance in order to protect your reputation. The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct handles these matters.Commission proceedings are, by law, confidential. A matter becomes public only if the Commission has determined that the judge should be admonished, censured, removed or retired, or if the judge under formal charges has waived confidentiality

The one thing that you cannot do is ignore the allegations or presume they will just go away. If you are facing this type of situation, contact The Law Offices of Michael S. Discioarro, LLC, for a confidential in person consultation to discuss your case.