Senate Acts to Strengthen Judicial Accountability and Transparency

The New York State Senate passed legislation to strengthen judicial accountability and bring greater transparency to the Judiciary of New York. The legislative measures require nominees for state office to disclose lobbying, require judges to publicly disclose financial interests annually, and authorize the monitoring for judicial bias in matters of pretrial release and detention. The reforms authorize the Commission on Judicial Conduct (CJC) to make public the proceedings of justices charged with misconduct and extend CJC jurisdiction to include judges who retire while formally charged. The legislative measures permit audio-visual recordings of judicial proceedings with reasonable restrictions and require annual training regarding bail, recognizance, and commitment for all judges exercising preliminary jurisdiction over any criminal offense. The legislation builds on the Senate Majority Conference's efforts to enhance ethical standards in State government and bolster public trust in New York’s judicial system.

“The Judiciary has a tremendous impact on the lives of all New Yorkers, and the power of its rulings lies in the public's confidence in its moral clarity and adherence to the highest ethical standards,” said Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. “With this legislative package, we are taking significant steps to strengthen judicial accountability, enhance the ethical standards of our judges, and bolster public confidence in our judicial system. I would like to thank the bill's sponsors, as well as Senator Hoylman-Sigal, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, for all their work in moving this package forward. I am very proud of this legislation and the effort our conference is making to strengthen people's trust in the institution."

Read the Senate Majority Press Release.

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