Judicial Ethics Opinion 16-144

New York Law Journal

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A judge whose law clerk becomes the District Attorney is disqualified, subject to remittal where permitted, from presiding in cases involving the DA's office for one year, even if the judge is presiding in Veterans Court. To the extent lawful, practical and appropriate, it is ethically permissible to streamline the remittal process by incorporating the requisite disclosures and consents into the parties' and their counsel's written agreement to transfer the case to Veterans Court.

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