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Judges in New York are chosen in partisan elections. Judicial elections in the state take place every year. Unlike other states, New York's judicial races may include candidates running for election under multiple party designations. Candidates are allowed to cross-file to run for office under more than one party designation and may receive endorsements from each.

Closed primary elections are held to allow members of political parties to select their respective candidates. The candidate who wins the Democratic primary, for example, will go on to be the Democratic nominee in the general election. Independent candidates may also run in the general election, bypassing the primary.[1] If a candidate cross-files, they could run in the general election as Democratic party candidate, as well as a candidate for one or more other parties.

According to statute, candidates for the supreme courts are chosen indirectly through delegates. Voters elect convention delegates in the primary election and the delegates choose the supreme court candidates who will be on the general election ballot.[2][3]


Terms for all judges in the state of New York begin on January 1 of the year following their election to office. Their terms end on December 31 of the year their terms are set to expire. The lengths of terms for various courts throughout the state are listed below.

Trial courts of superior jurisdiction

Supreme Court County Courts Family Courts Surrogate's Courts
Partisan elections - 14-year terms Partisan elections - 10-year terms Partisan elections - 10-year terms[4] Partisan elections - 10-year terms[5]


Trial courts of limited jurisdiction

District Courts City/Village Courts Civil Court of New York City
Partisan elections - 6 year terms Partisan elections or appointed - 10-year terms (full-time) or 6-year terms (part-time) Partisan elections - 10-year terms[7]


Results for state supreme court elections can be found on the New York State Board of Elections website. New York City judicial election results are posted on the City of New York's Board of Elections website. Results for other judicial elections in the state of New York can be found on county websites or in newspapers.


Election information by year


  • The New York State Unified Court System website releases a voter guide two weeks before each year's general election.

See also

External links


  1. NYC Board of Elections: Guide to NYC Elections
  2. American Judicature Society, "Judicial Selection in the States: New York," accessed May 23, 2014
  3. New York Board of Elections, "2014 Election Law," accessed May 23, 2014
  4. Family court judges serving in New York City are appointed to 10-year terms by the Mayor of New York City.
  5. Surrogate's court judges in all New York City counties are elected to 14-year terms.
  6. 6.0 6.1, "New York State Judicial Voter Guide Home," accessed April 29, 2014
  7. Housing part judges are appointed to 5-year terms by the chief administrative judge.
  8. American Judicature Society, Methods of Judicial Selection: New York
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