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Requesting an Opinion

The Advisory Committee can only respond to inquiries from New York State judges and others subject to Part 100 of the Rules of the Chief Administrator of the Courts (22 NYCRR part 100), about the propriety of their own prospective conduct under the Rules.


Formal Written Inquiries

Judiciary Law §212(2)(l) provides that any action a judge takes in accordance with a formal written advisory opinion of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics is "presumed proper" for purposes of any subsequent investigation by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

To submit an inquiry for consideration, please mail your request (together with all supporting materials and two telephone numbers in case the Committee needs to contact you) to:

Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics
c/o Maryrita Dobiel, Esq., Chief Counsel
187 Wolf Road, Suite 103
Albany, NY 12205
Tel: 1-866-79-JUDGE (or 1-866-795-8343)

The Committee makes every effort to consider and decide each written inquiry at the next regularly scheduled meeting, as long as the inquiry is received at least 10 days prior to a scheduled meeting date. If the Committee receives a written inquiry less than 10 days before a scheduled meeting, the inquiry may have to be deferred to a subsequent meeting, in light of the large number of inquiries the Committee typically receives.

However, we realize that some inquirers need an expedited response. If your inquiry is time-sensitive, please let us know so that we can do our best to give it appropriate priority in our discussions.

Expedited Responses:
  • If you need an expedited response from the Committee, please explain in your inquiry why it is time-sensitive.
  • If your particular inquiry involves your campaign conduct, you may obtain expedited consideration simply by contacting the Judicial Campaign Ethics Center, which is set up to provide expedited written responses to judicial candidates.


Informal Guidance by Telephone

Those subject to the Rules Governing Judicial Conduct may call 1-866-79-JUDGE [58343] for informal inquiries. Inquirers may also call Hon. George D. Marlow directly at 1-845-454-2125; Hon. Edward P. Borrelli at 1-914-824-5329; Ms. Maryrita Dobiel at 1-518-453-8650; and other Committee member or staff counsel for assistance.

Such informal guidance and discussions by telephone do not provide the protections of Judiciary Law §212(2)(l).


Policy on E-Mailed Communications

The Committee does not accept formal or informal inquiries via e-mail.

The Judicial Campaign Ethics Center is authorized to accept written inquiries concerning judicial campaign ethics issues by e-mail, fax, or regular mail.