On August 11, 2022, the State of New York Commission on Judicial Conduct accepted the resignation of Jessica Matthews, Justice of the Clare Town Court of St. Lawrence County, amid allegations that she failed to file reports or remit funds.

On June 23, 2021, Judge Matthews was informed by the Commission that it was investigating a complaint that she failed to submit reports or remit funds to the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) in the time required by law for the months of November and December 2019, resulting in her judicial salary being stopped on May 20, 2020. The Commission also requested Judge Matthews’ response to the complaint. Judge Matthews did not respond to the June letter and follow-up letters dated August 12, 2021, and September 13, 2021, from the Commission.

The order reads:

“The matter having come before the Commission on August 11, 2022; and the Commission having before it the Stipulation dated July 13, 2022; and Judge Matthews having tendered her resignation dated May 24, 2022, effective June 1, 2022; and having affirmed that after vacating her judicial office, she will neither seek nor accept judicial office at any time in the future and having waived confidentiality as provided by Judiciary Law Section 45 to the extent that the Stipulation will become public upon being signed by the signatories and that the Commission’s Decision and Order with respect thereto will become public.”

According to Article VI, section 22(h) of the Constitution:

A judge who is removed from office shall be ineligible to hold another judicial office.

Judge Matthews has served as Clare Town Justice since 2017. Her current term is slated to expire on December 23, 2023.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.