On Monday, April 24, 2023, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct announced that Greene County Town Court Justice, David A. Rikard resigned from his judicial office while under investigation for complaints filed against him. The case is entitled “In the Matter of David A. Rikard.”

The Greene County Town Court Justice allegedly refused to cooperate with the commission during the investigation of three complaints against him and refused to provide documents before the commission upon its inquiry. Moreover, he also refused to appear for testimony when summoned by the commission.

In response to the charges filed against him and his non-cooperation with the commission’s investigation, Judge Rikard chose to resign from his judicial position on January 6, 2023. However, the commission didn’t stop the inquiries and continued the investigation, which later on resulted in the service of formal disciplinary charges against the respondent for his failure to cooperate.

Judge Rikard admitted to his non-compliance and agreed to never seek or accept any judicial position/office in the future. Moreover, he also waived the statutory provision of confidentiality applicable to commission proceedings, to the limited extent that the stipulation and commission’s order accepting the same would be public. Upon the signature of the judge and his attorney, along with the commission’s administrators, the commission accepted the resignation.

Commission Administrator Robert H. Tembeckjian stated that cooperation is mandatory, not optional when judges are called to account by the Judicial Conduct Commission.

Tembeckjian added:

“Stonewalling or otherwise refusing to participate undermines public confidence in the integrity of the judiciary and can result in removal from office.”

Judge Rikard attended Syracuse University School of Law.

Judge Rikard’s courtroom is located at 51 Genesee St, Greene, NY 13778, and can be reached at +1 607-656-4333. His info can be found on Linkedin.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.