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You can report City or State judge misconduct.

You can report misconduct of an administrative law judge or hearing officer to the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH). The Chief Judge of OATH will review and investigate the complaint for possible disciplinary action.

Examples of judicial misconduct include:

  • Bias, prejudice, and unequal treatment
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Unethical activities, such as bribery
  • Unprofessional, discourteous, and uncooperative behavior

You can make a complaint online against City administrative law judges or tribunals for the following agencies:

  • Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA)
  • Department of Finance (DOF)
  • Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)
  • Environmental Control Board (ECB)
  • Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH)
  • New York Police Department (NYPD)
  • Tax Appeals Tribunal
  • Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC)

If you disagree with a hearing outcome or decision, you should file an appeal, not a complaint.

Make a complaint about a City tribunal judge.

Download the Rules of Conduct for NYC Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers.

You can make a complaint about a Civil Court judge in New York City. Judges who engage in misconduct may be admonished, censured, or removed from office.

By law, all complaints must be made in writing, signed, and mailed to: 

Commission on Judicial Conduct
61 Broadway
New York, NY 10006

The Civil Court of the City of New York has jurisdiction over civil cases involving amounts up to $25,000 and other civil matters referred to it by the Supreme Court. It includes a small claims part for informal dispositions of matters not exceeding $5,000.

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You can make a complaint about a Court of Claims judge in New York State.  Judges who engage in misconduct may be admonished, censured, or removed from office.

The New York State Court of Claims is the exclusive forum for civil litigation seeking damages against the State of New York or certain other State-related entities, such as:

  • New York State Thruway Authority
  • City University of New York
  • New York State Power Authority

By law, all complaints must be made in writing, signed, and mailed to:

Commission on Judicial Conduct
61 Broadway
New York, NY 10006

Learn more about filing a complaint against a City or State court judge.

You can make a complaint about a Criminal Court judge in New York City.  Judges who engage in misconduct may be admonished, censured, or removed from office.

By law, all complaints must be made in writing, signed, and mailed to:

Commission on Judicial Conduct
61 Broadway
New York, NY 10006

Learn more about filing a complaint against a City or State court judge.

You can make a complaint about a Family Court judge in New York City. Judges who engage in misconduct may be admonished, censured, or removed from office. 

By law, all complaints must be made in writing, signed, and mailed to:

Commission on Judicial Conduct
61 Broadway
New York, NY 10006

The Family Court hears matters involving children and families. Some of the types of cases that Family Court has the authority to make legal decisions over include:

  • Abused or neglected children
  • Foster care approval and review
  • Paternity
  • Guardianship

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You can make a complaint about New York City Housing Court judge.

Send written complaints to:

The Chief Administrative Judges Office
25 Beaver Street
11th Floor
New York, NY 10004

The Housing Court, also known as the Housing Part of the Civil Court of the City of New York, handles only residential landlord and tenant cases.

Commercial landlord and tenant cases and ejectment actions are handled on the civil side of the Court.

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You can make a complaint about the conduct of an administrative law judge of parking and camera ticket hearings. 

Filing a complaint will not result in your ticket being dismissed. If you disagree with a hearing outcome or decision, or if you think the judge misapplied the law or made a mistake, you should file an appeal, not a complaint.

You must still abide by the judge’s ruling even if you are submitting a complaint. Filing a complaint against a judge does not give you extra time to pay a ticket or extend deadlines to file an appeal.

You must submit a judge misconduct complaint in writing. Your complaint should include:

  • The judge’s name
  • The date and type of hearing
  • The ticket or violation number
  • An explanation of why you are submitting a complaint

Anonymous complaints are not accepted. You must include your name and contact information in case additional information is needed.

Mail your complaint to:

Managing Administrative Law Judge 
Department of Finance
Adjudications Division
66 John Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10038

You can make a complaint about a Supreme Court judge in New York City. Judges who engage in misconduct may be admonished, censured, or removed from office.

By law, all complaints must be made in writing, signed, and mailed to:

Commission on Judicial Conduct
61 Broadway
New York, NY 10006

Learn more about filing a complaint against a City or State court judge.

You can make a complaint about a Surrogate Court judge in New York City. Judges who engage in misconduct may be admonished, censured, or removed from office.

By law, all complaints must be made in writing, signed, and mailed to:

Commission on Judicial Conduct
61 Broadway
New York, NY 10006

The Surrogate's Court hears cases involving the affairs of decedents, including the probate of wills and the administration of estates.

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