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Mar 7, 2022

Constitutional change to state court system proposed

New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and lawmakers have introduced a proposed constitutional amendment to reform and simplify the state’s court system.

Feb 17, 2022

New York chief judge delivers annual address

In the annual State of the Judiciary speech Wednesday, New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFore talked about pandemic-related challenges still facing the court system, the progress made in the past year, and the challenge of eliminating barriers to equal justice and creating a fair, inclusive workplace. “We continue to navigate our way through this […]

Mar 3, 2021

Some in-person trials to start March 22

In her weekly message on the status of the court system during the COVID-19 pandemic, New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore announced Monday that in-person operations, including some jury trials, are expected to resume at the end of the month. And in her annual State of the Judiciary speech on Tuesday, she lauded the […]

Jan 26, 2021

Virtual courts remain productive

New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore said that, during the holiday-shortened week of Jan. 18, the state’s virtual courts conferenced and heard 19,633 matters; settled or disposed of 5,070 of those matters; and issued over 1,530 written decisions on motions and other undecided matters. In addition, 673 virtual bench trials and evidentiary hearings were […]

Jan 12, 2021

Grand juries in place across the state

Despite the resurgence of COVID-19, the New York state court system is better off than it was last spring, New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore said in her latest update on how the courts are handling the pandemic. The COVID positivity rate in New York has been increasing since mid-November when a temporary pause […]

Sep 10, 2020

Minority judges offer solutions to bias in courts

The Judicial Friends Association Inc. has submitted a report to the New York State Court’s Commission on Equal Justice in the Courts with recommendations for addressing racism and systemic bias in the judicial system. The report was submitted to Secretary Jeh Johnson, who was appointed by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to be the Special Advisor […]

Jul 14, 2020

Courts outside NYC in Phase 4

As of Friday, July 10, all courts in New York state outside New York City have entered into Phase 4 of the COVID-19 pandemic reopening plan. “Grand Jurors are reporting for service and being empanelled in every judicial district outside New York City, a significant milestone not only for our court system but for the […]

Jun 9, 2020

All N.Y. courts open to some extent

On Wednesday, all courts in New York state will be in either Phase 1 or 2 of the gradual restoration of in-person operations as the measures imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19 wind down. “We are confident that our approach of incrementally opening the valve to additional in-person activities and courthouse traffic is the […]

Jun 2, 2020

Upstate courts starting to reopen

Courts in the Seventh Judicial District will move into Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore has announced. Courts in the Fifth and Sixth Judicial District will move into Phase 2 also on Wednesday, followed on Friday by most of the […]

May 26, 2020

Upstate courts back open

In-person court operations are expected to resume for most of New York State by later this week, with the exception of the New York City region. The state’s court system had been operating virtually since mid-March to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Last week, in-person court operations in six upstate regions met the public […]

May 19, 2020

Courts begin transition to ‘new normal’

New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore released a 10-minute video message Monday to mark the re-opening of some parts of the state court system that has been operating on a limited basis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Today is a milestone day for us. As you are aware, New York has continued to make […]

Feb 25, 2020

Chief judge to deliver annual address

New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore will deliver the 2020 State of the Judiciary address at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The speech will be streamed live onine at: The speech will be delivered from the New York State Court of Appeals Hall in Albany. DiFiore is expected to talk about constitutional simplification of the […]

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