Practice Area: Judiciary & Courts

State Report Highlights Gender Bias Against Women in the Courts

Good afternoon Members, A report released today by the New York State Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts says there are significant areas of bias with regard to the treatment of female attorneys, litigants and witnesses despite marked improvement over the years. The Committee, chaired by the Hon. Betty Weinberg Ellerin of Alston & … Continued

Demystifying the Process: The Road to the Court of Appeals

In an effort to demystify the selection process for judges of the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, the Commission on Judicial Nomination will host a virtual informational meeting this Friday, November 20, from 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, facilitated by the New York State Bar Association.

The Court of Appeals’ Year in Review, COVID-19 Edition

With the spread of COVID-19 growing in New York exponentially in March, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and the entire court system decided to take unprecedented action to limit in-court proceedings to only those essential for the administration of justice.

Hybrid Models, Multiple Courtrooms, No Jury Rooms: The Future of Upstate Courts

Safety above all. This is how the court system has operated since March, albeit continuously. “From the beginning of this crisis, we have not closed the courts. Justice has been delivered continuously throughout this process,” said Hon. Vito C. Caruso, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge (Outside NYC). He recently detailed the courts’ recent and future operations … Continued

Overhauling New York’s Trial Courts

Chief Judge Charles Breitel explaining pending court reforms to New York City judges at a statewide judges conference of continuing education with David Ross (seated) and William Kapelman, circa 1976. Judge Bellacosa is standing behind Chief Judge Breitel. Chief Judge DiFiore and the Lesson of History A common wisdom holds that those who fail to … Continued