New York's Commission on Judicial Conduct says it processed 1,770 new complaints against judges last year, conducting 477 preliminary inquiries and authorizing 177 full investigations.
In its annual report, the commission says it issued 17 public decisions admonishing or censuring 10 jurists, removing two from office and reaching five stipulations where judges resigned and agreed to never hold another judicial office.
Another 10 judges resigned with complaints against them pending.
The commission issued 18 confidential cautionary letters and had 201 matters pending at the end of the year.
Since it was established in 1975, the commission has received 48,710 complaints, conducted 8,345 investigations and publicly disciplined 826 judges, including 166 removed from office. Another 1,516 judges have been confidentially cautioned and 493 judges resigned while under investigation or facing charges.