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Judicial Campaigns and Elections: New York

Campaign Oversight

In 2001, the New York State Bar Association established the Special Committee on Judicial Campaign Conduct. The committee has created model guidelines for conduct committees at the county level, a model pledge for candidates, and a brochure outlining the rules for conducting judicial campaigns. Local campaign oversight committees exist in Erie, Monroe, New York, and Onandaga Counties.

Working with the Judicial Campaign Ethics Center, the Judicial Campaign Ethics Subcommittee of the New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics interprets campaign conduct rules and provides judicial candidates with rapid responses to ethics questions about their prospective campaign conduct, on a confidential basis. In 2006, the committee released an updated Judicial Campaign Ethics Handbook.