A. Gail Prudenti, MSNY Co-Founder, on Judicial Ethics

Mediation Solutions co-founder Gail Prudenti published a column in Long Island Business News discussing judicial ethics and the importance of the credibility of the judiciary, saying, “The public must have confidence that judges are impartial, apolitical and beholden to nothing and no one other than the facts and the law.”

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Hon. A. Gail Prudenti

She says that the recent controversies that have arisen around several Supreme Court justices are a good opportunity to put a spotlight on judicial ethics, and outlines how New York State maintains the ethics standards governing judges. The two entities responsible for doing so are the Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics and the Commission on Judicial Conduct.

According to Prudenti, the Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics “provides guidance to judges who want to do the right thing but are unclear on what the rules require,” while the Commission on Judicial Conduct “investigates complaints against judges and disciplines those who cross the line.”

Judge Prudenti concludes her article by saying, “We need to scrutinize our judges, hold their feet to the fire and demand that they earn the trust and confidence that their position carries. As another Supreme Court justice said many years ago, sunlight is the best disinfectant.”

Read the full article here.

Gail Prudenti is the Former Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts of New York State, and has held several other judicial positions in her career. Learn more about Judge Prudenti and her judicial and mediation experience here.