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Hon. James P. Murphy

Hon. James P. Murphyj-murphy-photo-02-2016

Administrative Judge Fifth Judicial District

New York State Courts

Murphy was elected as a Justice of the New York Supreme Court in 2004, and reelected in 2018, to serve the Fifth Judicial District, which includes Onondaga, Oswego, Oneida, Jefferson, Lewis, and Herkimer Counties. Murphy was appointed as administrative judge by Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks in 2019. He was previously elected three times to the Onondaga County Legislature.

In addition to his Supreme Court duties, Murphy was appointed in 2007 by then Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman to serve as District Coordinating Judge for the Town and Village Courts in the Fifth Judicial District, where he continues to oversee approximately 240 local judges. Ha has also been appointed to the New York Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics.

Murphy was an adjunct professor in business law at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, from 2008-12. In 2017, he was the first judge ever elected president of the Onondaga County Bar Association and has served on its Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Finance Committee. He is an elected Fellow of the New York State Bar Association and a Member of its House of Delegates.

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