In accordance with Part 150 of the Rules of the Chief Administrator of the New York State Courts, please be advised that the following judicial vacancies in the First Judicial District will be filled by election in November 2012.

  1. Supreme Court – 4 vacancies
  1. Surrogate’s Court – 1 vacancy
  1. Civil Court, New York County – 8 vacancies

Pursuant to Part 150 of the Rules of the Chief Administrator of the Courts, Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions (“IJEQC) have been established in each judicial district in New York State.  The IJEQCs are a statewide network of independent screening panels for judicial candidates. Each IJEQC is charged with the responsibility of reviewing the qualifications of candidates within its respective judicial district who submit a questionnaire and are seeking election to the following New York State Courts: Supreme, County, Surrogate’s, Family, New York City Civil, District and City Courts. Each commission has 15 members, comprised of both lawyers and non-lawyers, named by the Chief Judge, the Presiding Justices of the Appellate Division, the New York State Bar Association and local bar associations.

For more information regarding the evaluation process and candidate’s questionnaire, please go to www.ny-ijeqc.org.

Candidates seeking to be evaluated by the IJEQC in the First Judicial District must submit an original and 15 copies of the completed questionnaire to Rachell Sirota, Esq., Director, Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions, Appellate Division, First Department, 41 Madison Avenue, Room 3908, New York, NY 10010. All questionnaires for candidates seeking election to the above-referenced judicial offices should be submitted by May 2, 2012. However, if because of hardship or other sufficient reason, a candidate submits a questionnaire within a sufficient period of time before the election, the Commission will make every effort to accommodate the candidate.

I you have any questions about IJEQC procedures or requirements, please contact Rachell Sirota, Esq., Director, at the address above, by telephone at 212-340-0572 or by email at rsirota@courts.state.ny.us.

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