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Ethics Commission
25 Beaver Street
Room 875
New York, NY 10004

Telephone: 212-428-2899

Email: EthicsComm@nycourts.gov

 

About Us

Since 1990, the Ethics Commission for the Unified Court System has been responsible for the distribution, collection, review and maintenance of the financial disclosure statements required to be filed annually by approximately 5,000 state-paid judges, justices and nonjudicial officers and employees of the Unified Court System, pursuant to the Rules of the Chief Judge, 22 NYCRR Part 40. Effective September, 2006, certain candidates for public election to judicial office are also required to file financial disclosure statements, pursuant to the Rules of the Chief Administrator of the Courts, 22 NYCRR Part 100.

You must file a financial disclosure statement for calendar year 2013 if you are employed by the Unified Court System in 2014 and:

  • you are a state-paid judge or justice, regardless of your annual rate of compensation; or
  • you hold a position for which you receive an annual salary at a rate in excess of $90,020.00, and you have not been otherwise exempted from filing; or
  • you hold a policymaking position for purposes of financial disclosure. List of Designated Policy Makers

Your annual rate of compensation is determined: as of January 1, 2014 if you were employed by the Unified Court System, and you received an annual salary at a rate in excess of $90,020.00 on that date; or as of the date you commence employment, if you were not employed by the Unified Court System on January 1, 2014, or if you were employed by the Unified Court System on January 1, 2014, but you did not receive an annual salary at a rate in excess of $90,020.00 on that date.

If you are a nonjudicial employee working part-time as of January 1, 2014, or as of the date of your commencement of employment if employed after January 1, 2014, and you have not been designated as a policymaker for purposes of financial disclosure, you do not have to file if you will earn less than $90,020.00 in 2014.

You must file if you are a candidate for public election to judicial office. Such filing is not required if you are required to file for the preceding calendar year because you are a state-paid judge or justice, or a nonjudicial officer or employee of the Unified Court System. Such filing is not required if you are a candidate for public election to a Town & Village Court.

Annual Statements of Financial Disclosure filed by judges, justices and employees of the Unified Court System, for calendar year 2013, filed pursuant to Part 40 are due:

  • May 15, 2014 - if you are employed by the Unified Court System from January 1, 2014 through April 15, 2014; or
  • Within thirty days of the date you commence employment - if you commence employment with the Unified Court System from April 16, 2014 through December 31, 2014.

“Commence Employment” includes a change to a new job title: with a rate of annual compensation in excess of $90,020.00; or that is designated as a policymaking position for purposes of financial disclosure. If the effective date of such new employment is in a year prior to the current filing year, for purposes of financial disclosure, the effective date will be deemed to be the date the Ethics Commisison became aware of the employee's new job title.

Annual Statements of Financial Disclosure for calendar year 2013 filed by judicial candidates pursuant to Part 100 are due within 20 days following the date on which the filer becomes a candidate.

If you are a state-paid judge, justice or nonjudicial officer or employee of the Unified Court System, you can file your financial disclosure statement online or by paper. To file online you must be on a work computer connected to CourtNet. You can not access the electronic filing sytem using the Internet. You can file a paper statement by mail, or in person at our office.

If you are a judicial candidate filing pursuant to Part 100, you can file your financial disclosure statement by mail, or in person at our office. You can not file online.