Friday, November 18, 2011
A town court justice who "as a practice...regularly held court proceedings in chambers as opposed to the courtroom" has been admonished by the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct.
The agreed statement accepted by the commission recites that the justice engaged in chambers proceedings for "personal convenience" notwithstanding the fact that "[t]he courtroom is well-equipped and spacious. It can accommodate numerous members of the public who wish to observe court proceedings."
The chambers-as-courtroom conduct spanned a period of seven years and continued in the face of concerns expressed by the clerk's office and others. The practice has now stopped. (Mike Frisch)