NY Courts Put Attorney Discipline Records Online

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York court system has added records showing whether an attorney has been disciplined to its publicly available online database.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman says that's in addition to other information like an attorney's current registration status and year of admission.

While the database includes public disciplines going back decades, he says the Unified Court System's website, through its attorney directory, links readers to disciplinary orders issued since 2003.

Lippman says the public has a right to know, "however uncomfortable or inconvenient the facts may be."