December 1, 2020
We respond to your inquiry (20-120) about you and your first-degree relative both serving in the same town justice court simultaneously, as your child is considering running for a vacant seat on the court.
From an ethics perspective, the Rules Governing Judicial Conduct “do not prevent [a] judge’s child from serving as … [a] judge of the same court on which the inquiring parent judge also serves” (Opinion 91-101).
However, we cannot advise you on any potential legal issues or prohibitions.
We enclose Opinion 91-101 for your review.
Very truly yours,
Hon. Margaret Walsh
Justice of the Supreme Court
Hon. Lillian Wan
Acting Justice of the Supreme Court