This article in the NY Times effectively puts together the issues facing country lawyers in courts where the judges are more likely to be retired truckers than law school graduates. I have never been a fan of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. I have a problem withbureaucratss being able to unseat elected officials, however until NY agrees to have all judges at least be members of the NY State Bar, I think that the Commission needs to be better funded.
Just a couple of notes:
Larry Goldman, past chair of the commission calls for all judges to be lawyers. Goldman is right.
Second the picture of the Cholchester Court House (a garage really) on the front page of the article is unfair. It actually is spacious and having litigated there, the Judge and his wife/clerk were fair and polite to me even when I was very late. Having court in a garage (or barn as in Lloyd Harbor on Long Island) is weird though.