Ethics Advisory Panel Finds Judges Can Use Special License Plates

, New York Law Journal


A judicial ethics panel has concluded that there is nothing illegal or unethical about judges displaying license plates identifying their office, but whether use of the plates are appropriate or advisable is a matter still under study by the Commission on Judicial Conduct.

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  • PSteinberg

    Oh, let's be honest here: The purpose of the plates is to avoid being stopped and getting traffic tickets (or parking tickets).

    There is no issue of "a judge's car" driving up; the issue is the person inside the car and that issue can be dealt with by showing ID. The matter of courthouse parking can be dealt with by using a windshield placard.

  • Ravi Batra

    Safety aside, a justice is "on call" 24 hours a day 365 days a year pursuant to NY statute (CPLR), and is obligated to hear an emergency application no matter if s/he in a restaurant, house of worship, shopping or at a cinema. The decorum worthy of a court travels with a justice no matter where said justice may be. Plates serve the important purpose of holding said justice to the high standards and lawful behavior society expects of a Justice even when out of court. Self-identification, whenever possible, is therefore a free "plus" to society much as having a cop in uniform is, even when off duty.

    Dated: 9/23/12


    Ravi Batra

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