N.Y. Judiciary Law Section 857
Judicial wellness or assistance committees


Confidential information privileged. The confidential relations and communications between a member or authorized agent of a judicial wellness or assistance committee sponsored by a state or local bar association and any person, firm or corporation communicating with such committee, its members or authorized agents, shall be deemed to be privileged on the same basis as those provided by law between attorney and client. Such privilege may be waived only by the person, firm or corporation which has furnished information to the committee. This privilege shall not extend to information received by a judge or lawyer serving as a member of a judicial wellness or assistance committee that a judge is committing or is likely to commit a substantial violation of the rules governing judicial conduct.


Immunity from liability. Any person, firm or corporation in good faith providing information to, or in any other way participating in the affairs of, any of the committees referred to in subdivision one of this section shall be immune from civil liability that might otherwise result by reason of such conduct. For the purpose of any proceeding, the good faith of any such person, firm or corporation shall be presumed.

Source: Section 857 — Judicial wellness or assistance committees, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/JUD/857 (updated Oct. 7, 2016; accessed Dec. 2, 2023).

Dec. 2, 2023

Last modified:
Oct. 7, 2016

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