|Rules of the Chief Administrator|
|Fourth Dept. questionnaire instructions|
|Unified Court System instructions|
|Release for Grievance Committees (Appendix "A")|
|Release for Commission on Judicial Conduct (Appendix "B")|
|Ratings of Fifth JD Commission|
|Ratings of Seventh JD Commission|
|Ratings of Eighth JD Commission|
What are the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions?
The Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions are a newly established statewide network of independent screening panels for judicial candidates. For more information please see http://www.ny-ijeqc.org.
Under Part 150 of the Rules of the Chief Administrator of the Courts, a Commission in each judicial district "shall review the qualifications of candidates for public election to the Supreme Court, County Court, Surrogate’s Court, Family Court, New York City Civil Court, District Courts and City Courts" within its district. Each Commission has 15 members, named by the Chief Judge, the Presiding Justices, the New York State Bar Association, and local bar associations (see List of Appointees).
Appendix A to Part 150 provides the guidelines and procedures for the Commissions, including an overview of the information to be provided by each candidate.
Candidates should refer to the Judicial Campaign Ethics Center website relative to the rules governing their campaigns www.nycourts.gov/ip/jcec/index.shtml, as well as information regarding mandatory training nycourts.gov/ip/jcec/training_faq.
Candidates who are unsure of their Appellate Department and/or Judicial District may wish to consult www.nycourts.gov/courts/appellatebycounty.shtml for a list of Appellate Departments by county.
These Commissions are not intended to supplant or interfere with the work being conducted by bar association screening panels. Instead, they provide an independent assessment from a neutral Judiciary-sponsored body.
Please be sure to review the rules and procedures, and also the press release, to see if your questions are answered therein. Should you have further questions about evaluation of judicial candidates in the Fifth, Seventh or Eighth Judicial Districts, they should be directed to: Mary Gehl Doyle, Esq., Director of Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions, 50 East Avenue, Third floor, Rochester, N.Y. 14604, 585-530-3225.