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Chief Judge's 2018 State of Our Judiciary Address

The State of Our Judiciary 2018: Chief Judge Janet DiFiore - with picture of Court of Appeals

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Chief Judge Janet DiFiore presented her second annual "State of Our Judiciary" address as Chief Judge, reported on the ongoing progress of her signature "Excellence Initiative" and announced a range of new court system reforms to improve the quality of justice services in New York State, including key changes to the New York City Housing Court that were spurred by a panel she appointed last year. 


Audience listens as Chief Judge delivers the State of Our Judiciary addressChief Judge Janet DiFiore delivers her second annual "State of Our Judiciary" address.

The Chief Judge also addressed the State's opioid crisis, noting the success of the Buffalo City Court's recently launched Opioid Treatment Intervention Court – the first of its kind in the nation − where prosecution of cases is suspended at arraignment for those who enter treatment immediately. Additionally, she spoke of the new Overdose Avoidance and Recovery Track (OAR) that opened several weeks ago in New York City Criminal Court in the Bronx, which is tailored to offenders at high risk of opioid overdose, linking them to immediate treatment and giving them a chance to stay out of jail and rebuild their lives.



Attending the speech, along with the Chief Judge, were Hon. Lawrence K. Marks, Chief Administrative Judge, NYS Courts, Associate Justices of the Court of Appeals, Presiding Justices of the State Supreme Court, Appellate Division and other court and state government officials.

refurbished clock

This one ton cast iron Art Deco clock hangs in the central hall of New York County Criminal Court in lower Manhattan. It sat dormant and inoperative for more than 30 years until it was repaired in early 2017.

In the continuing effort to achieve excellence in our court system, this clock is a symbol of the inertia that can be overcome when we energize and mobilize the many great judges and court personnel within our system who work tirelessly to give the people of New York the level of justice services they have a right to expect and which they rightfully deserve. .



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