Chief Judge Looks to Consolidate Trial Courts

By JOHN WHITTAKER

The Post-Journal published an editorial mentioning NYSBA’s long-term support for court reform.

New York’s chief judge wants to consolidate the state’s 11 separate trial courts.

The state court system has more than 1,350 judges and 15,000 non-judicial court employees. State courts deal with an average of more than three million new cases filed each year. Janet DiFiore, New York state chief judge, recently released a proposal that would give the state’s court system a drastically different look over a period of about 10 years, starting in 2022.

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