On Tuesday, December 12, 2023, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct announced that New York City Family Court Judge Clark V. Richardson had resigned from his position while under investigation.

According to a press release from the Commission, Judge Richardson had been absent from his judicial duties for a prolonged period of time due to health issues. In November 2023, the Commission notified Judge Richardson that it was investigating a complaint about his absence. At that point, the judge acknowledged that his physical health prevented him from being able to perform his duties as a judge.

To resolve the matter, Judge Richardson agreed to retire and resign his position effective at the end of December. He also agreed never to seek or hold a judicial position in the future. The Commission accepted a signed agreement between the judge and the Commission administrator that outlined these terms.

Judge Richardson waived confidentiality rules to allow the agreement and the Commission’s approval of it to be public records.

The Commission said its role was to balance ensuring public confidence in the judiciary with compassion for judges in difficult circumstances. Commission Administrator Robert Tembeckjian noted the resignation allowed both priorities to be addressed. He also wished Judge Richardson well in his recovery and future endeavors outside of the judicial system.

According to statistics provided, this was the 131st instance the Commission had approved a judge’s permanent resignation as part of an agreement since the practice began in 2003. The Commission oversees hundreds of New York State judges and has issued various levels of sanctions over past decades.

Judge Richardson had served as a family court judge in New York City since 1995. His current term was set to expire in August 2024.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.