DiFiore Renews Call for Lawmakers to Restructure NY Court System

By Dan M. Clark

The New York Law Journal mentioned the NYSBA’s support of the proposal to consolidate the state’s trial courts into two tiers. (may require subscription)

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore renewed her call to amend the state constitution during her State of the Judiciary Address on Tuesday to restructure the state’s trial court system in a way she said would streamline litigation and modernize the third branch of state government.

The address, which DiFiore delivered at Bronx Supreme Court, also highlighted a number of requests and new initiatives including a proposed payment rate increase for attorneys representing indigent defendants and a plan to require mediation in civil litigation to reduce backlog.

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