Pursuant to part 150 of the Rules of the Chief Administrator of the Courts, Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions (IJEQCs) have been established in each of the judicial districts of New York State. The IJEQCs are a statewide network of independent screening panels for judicial candidates. Each IJEQC is charged with the responsibility of evaluating the qualifications of candidates, within its respective judicial district, who voluntarily submit a questionnaire and are seeking election to the following courts in New York: Supreme, County, Surrogate's, Family and City. Each commission has 15 members, comprised of both lawyers and non-lawyers, named by the Chief Judge, the Presiding Justices of the Appellate Divisions, the New York State Bar Association, and local bar associations.
Candidates seeking election to judicial offices in the Third, Fourth or Sixth Judicial District are encouraged to submit questionnaires as early as possible. All questionnaires should be submitted by May 2, 2016. Questionnaires may be submitted after May 2, 2016, but will not be accepted after August 15, 2016 without a showing of good cause for the delay.
For more information regarding IJEQCs in the Third, Fourth and Sixth Judicial Districts, please refer to the tabs located above. For more information regarding IJEQCs located throughout New York State, please go to: http://www.ny-ijeqc.org/.