Judicial Ethics Opinion 16-88

New York Law Journal


A quasi-judicial official who is suing the county is disqualified, subject to remittal, when attorneys who are personally involved in defending the county appear before him/her in their private or official capacities. For two years after the lawsuit concludes, disclosure is mandatory when these attorneys appear. Neither disclosure nor recusal is required when other assistant county attorneys, or other attorneys from county-level government law offices appear, provided they are not personally involved in his/her lawsuit.

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