Judiciary Law Section 41
State commission on judicial conduct
1.A state commission on judicial conduct is hereby established. The commission shall consist of eleven members, of whom four shall be appointed by the governor, one by the temporary president of the senate, one by the minority leader of the senate, one by the speaker of the assembly, one by the minority leader of the assembly and three by the chief judge of the court of appeals. Of the members appointed by the governor one person shall be a member of the bar of the state but not a judge, two shall not be members of the bar, judges or retired judges, and one shall be a judge. Of the members appointed by the chief judge one person shall be a justice of the appellate division of the supreme court, one person shall be a judge of a court other than the court of appeals or appellate divisions and one person shall be a justice of a town or village court. None of the persons to be appointed by the legislative leaders shall be judges or retired judges.
2.Membership on the commission by a judge shall not constitute the holding of a public office and no judge shall be required to take and file an oath of office before serving on the commission. The members of the commission shall elect one of their number to serve as chairman during his term of office or for a period of two years, whichever is shorter.
3.The persons first appointed by the governor shall have respectively one, two, three, and four year terms as he shall designate. The persons first apppointed by the chief judge of the court of appeals shall have respectively two, three and four year terms as he shall designate. The person first appointed by the temporary president of the senate shall have a one year term. The person first appointed by the minority leader of the senate shall have a two year term. The person first appointed by the speaker of the assembly shall have a four year term. The person first appointed by the minority leader of the assembly shall have a three year term. Each member of the commission shall be appointed thereafter for a term of four years. Commission membership of a judge or justice appointed by the governor or the chief judge shall terminate if such member ceases to hold the judicial position which qualified him for such appointment. Membership shall also terminate if a member attains a position which would have rendered him ineligible for appointment at the time of his appointment. A vacancy shall be filled by the appointing officer for the remainder of the term.
4.If a member of the commission who is a judge is the subject of a complaint or investigation with respect to his qualifications, conduct, fitness to perform or performance of his official duties, he shall be disqualified from participating in any and all proceedings with respect thereto.
5.Each member of the commission shall serve without salary or other compensation, but shall be entitled to receive actual and necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of his or her duties.
6.For any action taken pursuant to subdivisions four through eight of section forty-four or subdivision two of section forty-three of this article, eight members of the commission shall constitute a quorum of the commission and the concurrence of six members of the commission shall be necessary. Two members of a three member panel of the commission shall constitute a quorum of the panel and the concurrence of two members of the panel shall be necessary for any action taken.
7.The commission shall appoint and at pleasure may remove an administrator who shall be a member of the bar who is not a judge or retired judge. The administrator of the commission may appoint such deputies, assistants, counsel, investigators and other officers and employees as he may deem necessary, prescribe their powers and duties, fix their compensation and provide for reimbursement of their expenses within the amounts appropriated therefor.
Section 41 — State commission on judicial conduct; organization,
https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/JUD/41 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Nov. 25, 2023).