Commission on Judicial Nomination Seeks Applicants for Chief Judge
The Commission on Judicial Nomination will be accepting applicants for chief judge until March 7.
The clerk of the Court of Appeals informed the commission that there continues to be a vacancy in the position of chief judge given the state Senate’s rejection Wednesday of Presiding Justice Hector LaSalle, Appellate Division, Second Department.
The vacancy was created by the resignation of Chief Judge Janet DiFiore on Aug. 31, 2022.
All candidates who previously applied for the chief judge vacancy will again be considered by the commission. They need not resubmit their prior application materials.
The commission has 120 days to nominate and recommend to the governor seven well-qualified candidates. Once the commission makes its recommendations, the New York State Bar Association rates the candidates and delivers its recommendations to Gov. Kathy Hochul.
After the list of seven candidates is issued, the governor has 15 to 30 days to choose one of them. The governor’s nominee must be confirmed by the Senate to become New York’s chief judge. The chief judge oversees the state’s court system and is chief judge of the Courts of Appeals, the state’s highest court.
More details are available on the website of the Commission on Judicial Nomination.