Justin Barry, Esq.
Counsel to Administrative Judge,
NYC Criminal Court,
Office of the Administrative Judge and,
Citywide Drug Treatment Court Coordinator
- LAW DAY - May 5, 2008 -
2008 MERIT PERFORMANCE AWARD RECIPIENT FOR SUPERIOR WORK PERFORMANCE
Honorable Ann Pfau, Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts' introductory comments:
Justin Barry is the coordinator of a comprehensive, highly regarded drug court initiative serving nonviolent offenders in New York City's five boroughs. The job of overseeing the day-to-day operations of a large program spread out across a busy citywide court would be enough to keep most people busy, but Justin is a consummate multitasker who regularly looks to take on extra projects and responsibilities.
Justin recently brought his considerable talents and experience to the herculean task of creating and implementing protocols to enable the New York City Criminal Court to screen DWI cases in accordance with newly enacted legislation. Justin also played a key role in developing and introducing an innovative computer scanning program that measures arrest-to-arraignment processing times, and in producing a preliminary analytical report for the review of court administrators. Additionally, he's the driving force behind the New York Criminal Court's annual employee recognition program, as well as the revival - after an almost 30-year hiatus - of its newsletter, with Justin wearing multiple hats of chief editor, production manager and circulation director. He also took charge of producing the the court's annual report, again taking on various roles throughout the publication process. Amazingly, Justin still finds time to sit on the court's Gender Fairness Committee, and to serve as host and tour guide for the many international dignitaries who come to see the New York Criminal Court in action.
Justin Barry has been the Citywide Drug Treatment Court Coordinator for the Criminal Court of the City of New York since March of 2002. His responsibilities in that position include implementation of New York Stateâ€™s Enhanced Drug Screening Project, a program designed to quickly and efficiently identify drug addicted defendantâ€™s eligible for court-monitored substance abuse treatment, and overall supervision of Criminal Courtâ€™s drug court operations throughout the city. He also works as Principal Court Attorney to NYC Criminal Courtâ€™s Administrative Judge. In that capacity he is responsible for a wide variety of citywide administrative tasks.
Mr. Barry is a member of the board of directors of the New York Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals and a participates on a wide variety of committees and working groups studying the operations of New York state drug courts and, specifically, young adult involvement in these problem-solving courts.
Prior to his current post, Mr. Barry was a senior staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society. He was the Legal Aid Societyâ€™s liaison with the Brooklyn Treatment Court since its inception in 1996 until March of 2002. He started with Legal Aid in 1989, where he handled and tried a wide variety of cases. Mr. Barry is a graduate of Haverford College and Villanova University School of Law.