State of New York Unified Court System

State of New York
Supreme Court, Appellate Division
Third Judicial Department

Independent Judicial Election
Qualification Commissions
286 Washington Avenue Extension
Suite 202

Albany, NY  12203

Phone (518) 285-8571
Fax (518) 471-4753

Timothy P. O'Keefe, Esq.

District Chairpersons

Third Judicial District
Edward M. Cooke, Esq.

Fourth Judicial District
Amanda K. Hiller, Esq.
Saratoga Springs

Sixth Judicial District
Dr. Wendy L. Martinek

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Candidate's Questionnaire


Pursuant to part 150 of the Rules of the Chief Administrator of the Courts, Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions (IJEQCs) have been established in each of the judicial districts of New York. The IJEQCs are a statewide network of independent screening panels for judicial candidates. Each IJEQC is charged with the responsibility of evaluating the qualifications of candidates, within its respective judicial district, who voluntarily submit a questionnaire and are seeking election to the following courts in New York: Supreme, County, Surrogate's, Family and City. Each commission has 15 members, comprised of both lawyers and non-lawyers, named by the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, the Presiding Justices of the Appellate Divisions, the New York State Bar Association, and local bar associations.

Candidates seeking election to judicial offices in the Third, Fourth or Sixth Judicial District are encouraged to submit questionnaires as early as possible. All questionnaires should be submitted by May 1, 2018. Questionnaires may be submitted after May 1, 2018, but will not be accepted after August 15, 2018 without a showing of good cause for the delay.

For more information regarding IJEQCs in the Third, Fourth and Sixth Judicial Districts, please refer to the tabs located above. For more information regarding IJEQCs located throughout New York State, please go to:

Commission Members
Commission Ratings
Notice of Judicial Vacancies