November 5, 2018

Unauthorized recording of a court proceeding


Unauthorized recording of a court proceeding
Matter of Attorney Grievance Committee M-3080, 2018 NY Slip Op 07278, Appellate Division, First Department

Attorney Grievance Committee M-3080 for the First Judicial Department instituted disciplinary against an attorney alleging the attorney had made an unauthorized recording of a court proceeding in violation of New York Rules of Professional Conduct, 22 NYCRR 1200.0 rule 8.4(d), Conduct Prejudicial to the Administration of Justice.

The Committee found the attorney guilty of professional misconduct and a Referee was appointed to conduct a sanction hearing. Ultimately the parties stipulated that the attorney had engaged in a pattern of misconduct that was prejudicial to the administration of justice.

Noting  that [1] the attorney had no disciplinary history nor had ever been sanctioned by any court for misconduct; [2] the misconduct arose in the course of a contentious domestic relations action in which the attorney appeared pro se; [3] the attorney at the time of the incident had limited experience in the practice of law; and [4] the attorney had acknowledged  the wrongfulness of making an unauthorized recording in light of Rule 8.4(d), the Appellate Division found that " public censure" was an appropriate penalty and granted the parties' motion for "discipline by consent."

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