N.Y. Judiciary Law Section 499-C
State commission on prosecutorial conduct

  • organization

1.

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.

(a)

Of the members appointed by the governor, two shall be attorneys providing public defense services who have provided such services for at least five years, and two shall be active, former or retired prosecutors with at least five years of prosecutorial experience.

(b)

Of the members appointed by the chief judge, two shall be retired judges, one of whom shall possess significant work experience providing public defense services and one of whom shall have significant prosecutorial experience; one shall be a full time law professor or dean at an accredited law school with significant criminal law experience.

(c)

Of the members appointed by the legislative leaders, two shall be attorneys providing defense services and two shall be active, former, or retired prosecutors. Each candidate for appointment as an attorney providing defense services shall have provided such services for at least five years and each candidate for appointment as an active, former or retired prosecutor shall have had at least five years of prosecutorial experience. After the speaker of the assembly and temporary president of the senate shall have made their initial appointments, the minority leaders of each house shall make their appointments to the commission in a manner to ensure an equal number of attorneys providing defense services and active, former or retired prosecutors. After such initial appointments, successive appointments must be made in a manner to ensure an equal number of attorneys providing defense services and active, former or retired prosecutors. A temporary imbalance in the number of prosecutors and defense attorneys pending new appointments shall not prevent the commission from conducting business.

2.

Membership on the commission by a prosecutor shall not constitute the holding of a public office and no prosecutor 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 chairperson during his or her term of office or for a period of two years, whichever is shorter. Members of the commission who fail to participate for ninety days may be replaced by the original appointing authority for the remainder of the term.

3.

The persons first appointed by the governor shall have respectively three and four year terms as he or she shall designate. The persons first appointed by the chief judge of the court of appeals shall have respectively two, three and four year terms as he or she shall designate. The person first appointed by the temporary president of the senate shall have a three 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 three year term. The person first appointed by the minority leader of the assembly shall have a two year term. Each member of the commission shall be appointed thereafter for a term of four years. Membership shall terminate if a member attains a position which would have rendered him or her ineligible for appointment at the time of his or her 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 prosecutor is the subject of a complaint or investigation with respect to his or her qualifications, conduct, fitness to perform or performance of his or her official duties, he or she shall be disqualified from participating in any and all proceedings with respect thereto. If a member of the commission is employed in the same organization as the subject of a complaint or investigation with respect to his or her qualifications, conduct, fitness to perform, or performance of his or her official duties, he or she 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 seven of section four hundred ninety-nine-f or subdivision two of section four hundred ninety-nine-e 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 an active, former or retired prosecutor. The administrator of the commission may appoint such deputies, assistants, counsel, investigators and other officers and employees as he or she may deem necessary, prescribe their powers and duties, fix their compensation and provide for reimbursement of their expenses within the amounts appropriated therefor. No appointment of an administrator shall be valid unless approved by an executive appointee, the appointee of the temporary president of the senate, and the appointee of the speaker of the assembly.

Source: Section 499-C — State commission on prosecutorial conduct; organization, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/JUD/499-C (updated Jun. 25, 2021; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

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Last modified:
Jun. 25, 2021

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