Judicial Ethics Opinion 16-99

New York Law Journal


A judge is not required to disclose or recuse in matters involving the chief clerk's former private law firm employer. However, the clerk must be insulated from any matters in which he/she was personally involved, including matters where he/she prepared, witnessed or notarized a will now offered for probate. The judge may likewise preside over matters in which the chief clerk's attorney spouse appears, subject to insulation of the clerk.

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