Courts Well Prepared To Handle Expected Challenges in 2022

By Brandon Vogel

Courts Well Prepared To Handle Expected Challenges in 2022

1.3.2022

By Brandon Vogel

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In her biweekly address to the public, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore said that the courts expect to encounter some new challenges but will move forward confidently to meet the needs of litigants and lawyers.

“We will continue with our in-person proceedings while, of course, monitoring the metrics very closely, assessing the situation in each courthouse and staying ready to pivot quickly to make any and all appropriate adjustments necessary to respond to problem areas or new public health guidance,” said DiFiore.

All judges have been encouraged to schedule remote court appearances when “going virtual” would help reduce unnecessary foot traffic in court facilities, and in the event that some courts and legal agencies experience staffing problems due to isolation and quarantine.

New Administrative Judge

DiFiore congratulated Justice Adam Silvera, who has been appointed administrative judge of the New York County Supreme Court, Civil Term, effective Jan. 18. Justice Silvera, who had been serving as an associate justice of the Appellate Term, First Department, has been a judge of the New York City Civil Court, a judge of the New York City Family Court, an acting Supreme Court justice assigned to the “Integrated Domestic Relations Part” and an elected Supreme Court justice serving as the New York City Asbestos Litigation Coordinating Judge.

“Justice Silvera’s broad range of experience and innovative leadership style will serve him well as he takes over the day-to-day management of one of our busiest courts of civil jurisdiction,” said DiFiore.

He succeeds Judge Deborah Kaplan, who has been doing double duty since being appointed Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for the New York City Courts in October.

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