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Mr. James I.
Chief Clerk
New York State Supreme Court
Second Judicial District
Criminal Division
320 Jay Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Dear Mr. I.:

From October 18 through 28, I served as a juror on a case in Judge Allen M.'s court (Part 35).

I wanted to commend and thank the court officers with whom I had contact. Without exception, they were professional, efficient, and attentive, but they also unfailingly showed care and concern for me and the rest of the jury. Although I only know two of them by name - Diane and Joe, who were with us the most frequently - all the men and women I brushed up against showed the same kindness and good humor.

They truly made a difference in my jury duty, making it a much more satisfying experience than it might have been.

Please pass along my appreciation and thanks. And feel free to share my praise with anyone you think should hear it.

Sincerely,


John H. D.



Judge V. D.

From: Jury Room Part 25

Re: James E. #2198
Frank C. #4254

We, the jury would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the two court officers; Mr. James E. and Mr. Frank C. for their professionalism and constant care of us in every way; seeing to our every need and helping us with all questions. We would like to recommend commendations for these officers for it will be well deserved.

Thank you,

"The Jury"



Honorable Neil F.
Administrative Judge,2ndJudicial District
Supreme Court, Judges Chambers
360 Adams Street
Brooklyn, N. Y. 11201

Dear Judge F.:

Monday, 8/9 my wife & I had the benefit of the services of your law library, and I want to thank you for the same. Specifically, the services were furnished by the good caring hands and mind of Librarian Jacqueline C., with the approval of her supervisor, Mr. Paul H.

By way of background, I am in the research stage for a book. Key elements are the 1935 murder of Samuel Drukman by Meyer & Harry Luckman & Fred Hull, and the bribery of grand jurors in connection therewith, by Ike Luckman (Meyer's brother) & others. Sid Luckman, the great pro football star (Erasmus Hall High School, Columbia University, Chicago Bears) was a son of Meyer Luckman, the convicted murderer. At the time, the twin scandals, and the political aspects, earned Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page coverage and even editorial comment.

Ms. C. located two volumes (A4892 &A45 11) containing appellate records arising from the 1936 Kings County murder trial. The records contained the trial transcript. She permitted my wife &me to review those tomes and copy relevant pages, under her close supervision. I had brought paper clips to identify pages, but she correctly ruled against using them because of the age of the pages of the records in the bound volumes. She was courteous and helpful, without compromising the care of these valuable records.

I am an inactive member of the N.Y. State bar, and certainly respect the difficult conditions under which the N.Y. judiciary functions. We have similar funding problems in PA. Again, many thanks for your research assistance, as evidenced by the high professional standards of Ms. Jacqueline Cantwell.

Sincerely

William J.
cc: Ms. J., Senior Law Librarian



Mr. James F. I.
Chief Clerk - Supreme Court - Kings County
Second Judicial District Administration
Supreme Court Building
360 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Mr. I.:

On July 12 of this year. I was summoned to jury duty as a grand juror. I like many who have received their notice for jury duty, I was torn between serving and trying to get out of it.

Decideing to serve, I went down to the Supreme Court Building with approximately 50 other people. There we were met by Ms. Sharon B. ( Grand jury warden) who explained every detail about grand jury which included dates and times of the jury service, breaks, lunch schedules... She then addressed the copious questions and concerns that many of the people sitting there had in a calm and organized manner.

By the end of her jury orientation, she had organized and established both a 2 week and a 4 week grand jury panel (which included 3 alternates) However, this did not end Ms. B.'s involvement with the jurors. Throughout our service, she was always available for questions and/or concerns.

Not only was Ms. B. knowledgeable about the judicial process. but also genuine in her concern for the people who were to serve on the grand juries.

While the grand jury service cut into my vaction time, I knew that it was the correct thing to do.

This was further reinforced by the "humanistic approach" shown by Ms. B.. She should be commended for her work as a warden.

Sincerely,

Bernice



Honorable Robert J. C.
Kings County Supreme Court
120 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Your Honor:

From the moment I entered the jurors 'entryway to the instance I walked into your courtroom I and I'm sure everyone else was treated with the utmost respect. Thus, I commend the civil service .workforce at 120 Schermerhorn on their professionalism, decorum, and affability. The officers at the security checkpoint, the jury clerk, the courtroom offcers, yourself and .your immediate team .of assistants all maintained a gracious and respectable demeanor. You, all have my gratitude for such outstanding service.



Captain Luz B.
Kings County Supreme Court
120 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Dear Captain B.:

I appreared on July 20 as a law guardian before the Honorable Michael A., J.S.C. There was press present in the court room during this matter. The court officers and the court clerk were extremely vigilant and noticed that one of the subject choldren was being approached and spoken to by members of the press while the matter was being heard in the courtroom. They very graciously exceeded to the request of the law guardian to remove the child from the vicinity of the press and put him in a secluded location for his protection. On behalf of my clients I wish to thank them and to notify you that what they did was outstanding and really served the best interest of the children.

Sincerely,

Goldah



Dear SCO E.,

First let me apologize for the late arrival of these letters from my students. As you can see from the dates, they were written in January. HOwever, I misplaced the envelope with the letters, so I am forwarding them to you at this time.

You made such an impression on my students and myself. They often speak about the wonderful experience you gave them. I know it will stay with them for a very long time. They also shared their excitement about what they learned with their parents and other students in the school.

What impressed them most, was how you made them feel comfortable in the court room environment. You used humor to relax them and at the same time let them know that court proceedings are serious business, and how they should behave in a courtroom. They especially noticed this transformation when they observed you in your role as court officer at the trail. They were able to your professionalism and attention to duty.

I strongly feel that, because of this trip to the Supreme Court, and because of the information learned in the Project Legal Lives Program, these students have enhanced their knowledge and this will help them make better choices in their lives.

Again, I want to thank you and hopefully, through my continuance with this great program, I will have the opportunity to bring another 5th grade class to meet you later this year.

Sincerely,

Betty, Teacher of Class 501, P.S. 309

 

To: Major Eric L.
Fm: Justice Deborah A.
Re: SCO Walter F.

Oftentimes Judges will write letters to complain of a court officer failing to perform in a professional manner. However, I think it is equally important to commend a court officer if they perform in an outstanding manner.

Last term SCO F. was assigned to Part 1. He was rotated into Part 1 during the course of a highly publicized murder trial. Sco F. assumed the respondsibilty of working with the jury. He attended to their needs with courtesy and professionalism whch exceeded normal expectations and the jury appeared to appreciate his efforts.

Further, prior to the end of term, I received a case involving sexual abuse allegations against children which was a highly sensitive matter. During the commencement of jury selection the regular part sergeant was out ill, and in the afternoon we were working without a replacement and with two new recently assigned court officers.

SCO F. provided supervision for the new officers while assisting the court to ensure that the voir dire process proceeded in an efficient and professional manner. While SCO F. could have met the minimum standards required of him, he chose to go above and beyond. The manner which he executed his duties exuded excellence and the highest level of professionalism that is expected from employees in the Unified Court System.

 


Hon. Ann T. P.
Administrative Judge
Second Judicial District
Supreme Court
360 Adams Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Re: Mr. Joseph E.

Dear Justice P.:

I am pleased to call to your attention the fine work of Mr. Joseph E., the Court Clerk in Judge T.'s Part.

I have found Mr. E. to be courteous, efficient, friendly and patient. Additionally, he is extremely helpful to members of the bar (which, unfortunately, is not always the case with others). Clearly, he is hardworking and dedicated.

Accordingly, I commend him highly to you.

Respectfully yours,

Bernard F.



TO: Honorable Ann T. P.,
Administrative Judge

FROM: Timothy, Grand Jury Foreman

On behalf of my Fellow Jurors, I wish to convey our deep appreciation and respect for the excellent work of the Grand Jury Wardens of Kings County Supreme Court. We are, particularly appreciative of Grand Jury Warden S. H.. Her patience, guidance and magnanimity is genuine, as well as germane to all persons in Part F; concerned with the pursuit of jurisprudence which can be very elusive.

I believe in expressing my appreciation to the living when you can invigorate someone with a kind word. It becomes transforming not only for them but for you as well.

Once again, I thank you and your staff for the opportunity and great responsibility bestowed upon the Grand Jurors of Term 10, Part F;.

Respectfully submitted,

Timothy
Grand Jury Foreman

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Captain Luz B.
Kings County Supreme Court
120 Schermerhom Street
Brooklyn, N. Y. 11201

Dear Captain B.,

This letter is to inform you that this offtce was involved in a court production in front of the Honorable Michael A., in Part I-CA, on January 23. The sentencing hearing went without incident, with each department coordinating their efforts to ensure the safety of all parties involved. It would not have been so successful without the assistance provided to this office by your professional, knowledgeable and courteous staff.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge these officers for their fine work. Lieutenant Al P., Lieutenant Jack S., Sergeant G., Senior Court Officer Ray H., Senior Court Officer Mike W. and Court Officer Gary W.

These officers are a credit to your department and the law enforcement community. Their assistance in this matter was extremely helpful and greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Donald I.
Chief Inspector
U. S. Marshals Service
Investigative Services Division
Northeast Region



Honorable Ann P.
Supreme Court, Kings County
360 Adams Street, 1lth Floor
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Re: Sergeant Gloria M.
SC0 Ed L.
SC0 John M.
SC0 John S.
SC0 Guy T.

Dear Judge P.:

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter to commend the extraordinary performance of the above referenced officers.

During the evening of April 1, my wallet was stolen from my purse in Kings County Law Library. Needless to say, I was shocked and discombobulated by the event.

After walking around dazed for a few seconds, I finally advised the night court officers who were on duty in the information booth and from there, I can not adequately express in words, their extraordinary response to my dilemma. I can not remember ever being treated with so much respect and consideration by public servants. It should be noted that notwithstanding the fact that it was a cold and rainy night, the court officers eagerly went outside to search the area in the event that the perpetrator had discarded my wallet atier removing the valuables therein.

In addition, I was personally escorted to the nearest precinct by two of the court officers because I was unfamiliar with its location.

As upset as I was by being a victim of a crime, I left the precinct with a sincere sense of gratitude when I reflected upon how your court officers when beyond the call of duty in assisting me.

In closing, I hope you would thank them on my behalf.

Sincerely,

Regina L

cc: Major Eric L.
Supreme Court, Kings County
360 Adams Street
Brooklyn, N 11201



James l.
Kings County Supreme Court Appeals Bureau
360 Adams Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Dear Mr. I.:

I am writing to commend one of your employees, Joe L., who works in the Kings County Supreme Court Appeals Bureau.

I recently telephoned the Appeals Bureau to inquire about the status of a conviction in the case of an inmate who is currently incarcerated at Taconic Correcbonal Facility in Westchester County. The inmate's attorney informed me that one of her conviction charges had been overturned on appeal; however, I had no 'official" confinnatin of this fact. Since the inmate is scheduled to appear before the Board of Parole in April, it was imperative that I obtained the information as quickly as possible.

Luckily for me, Joe L. picked up the phone. He followed-up on my inquiry, and in no time was able to forward the confirmation that I needed. This enabled me to correct the records of the State Department of Corrections and the Division of Parole, to accurately reflect the inmate's conviction after appeal.

Having worked in the New York State criminal justice system for over 15 years, I have had many experiences -both good and bad -white attempting to obtain information from various record rooms. However, this is the first time that I feel compelled to write a letter of commendation. I can only imagine how daunting the high volume of telephone inquiries must be to Court staff. Joe L. was extremely professional, pleasant and helpful. You are fortunate to have an employee like him in your Bureau.

I am asking that this letter be placed in his personnel file. Thank you very much for your time and attention.

Sincerely,

Jill R. Senior Parole Officer
Facility Operations - Cluster One



Ms. Ellen D.
Principal Court Reporter
Supreme Court Kings
360 Adams Street, Room 650
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Dear Ms. N.,

At the risk of invoking the court maxim that "no good deed goes unpunished", I am writing to bring to your attention what I consider to be the outstanding performance of one of your court reporters, Ms. Theresa S.

At the outset I must note that my singling out Ms. S., should in no way be construed as if I have anything but the highest admiration for the work of virtually the entire court reporter staff here at 120 Schermerhorn Street. In my now four years on the Supreme Court bench, I only have had one occasion to complain about the performance of one particular reporter who I believe is no longer in your employ. Without exception, I find all of the court reporters with whom I have worked to be diligent, unfailingly pleasant and highly skilled.

I am singling out the performance of Ms. S. as a consequence of having just worked with her in the recently completed trial of People v. W. The defendant is a young man with a heavy Jamaican accent who, when testifying in his own behalf, has enormous difficulty in making himself understood both to the court and members of the jury. I was repeatedly obliged to stop the testimony and ask the court reporter to read back the witness'responses because they were clearly unintelligible both to myself and to the jury. I was absolutely amazed at Ms. S.s ability to hear, understand and accurately record the witness testimony. As I said, all the reporters with whom I worked are unfailingly competent. However, it would be hard for me to describe the enormous difficulty in understanding this particular witness. Both the jury and myself were utterly unable to understand virtually anything the witness said. Somehow, indeed miraculously, Ms. S. was able without exception, to understand and accurately record the precise testimony of the witness. It was a truly impressive, indeed heroic, performance of her duty.

I'm aware that Ms. S. has recently joined the Supreme Court court reporters pool from Queens. All I can say is that we in Brooklyn are indeed lucky to have her.

One further observation: periodically the court system raises the idea of substituting a tape machine for live court reporters. In the case I've discussed, the defendant was convicted and faces a mandatory prison term. There will no doubt be an appeal requiring the reproduction of the court record. I can state with certainty that had a tape recorder been employed here, it would be utterly impossible for the defendant's testimony to be accurately transcribed. It is only as a consequence of Ms. S.'s skills that an appellate record will be able to reproduced, thus demonstrating the indispensability of a live reprter.

Sincerely yours,

Gustin L.

cc: Administrative Judge Ann P.



Captain Howard R.
Supreme Court
120 Schermerhorn Street -Rm 1107
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Re: Scott D.: (Senior Court Officer)

It has been a privilege to serve as your juror foreman. I would also like to personally thank Mr. D. for his dedication, courtesy and professionalism towards the jurors and was quite impressed with the kind greeting he extended to us at the start and end of that busy time period.

Mr. D. fine actions reflect positively on us all, and are a source of inspiration and pride.

Again, thanks to Mr. D. for a job well done.

Sincerely,

Joseph B.
Juror Foreman



Captain Howard R.
120 Schermerhom Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Dear Captain R.:

This letter is to express my personal gratitude to Officer Alice H. and Sergeant Jack S. for the tremendous effort they put forward on July 18, when the Criminal Court building at 120 Schermerhom Street was closed due to an electrical fire.

Despite chaotic conditions outside the courthouse, Officer H. and Sgt. S. in conjunction with my Law Clerk, Kevin Q., and my Court Clerk, Don M., went beyond their normal duties to help gather, inform and transport our deliberating jury. Their efforts, during an extremely hot morning, enabled the trial to continue in a vacant courtroom in 360 Adams Street.

The efforts and devotion to duty displayed by Officer H. and-sergeant S. should be recognized and commended.

Yours truly,

Robert J.
J. S. C.

P. S. At the conclusion of the trial, several of the jurors informed me as to how well Officer H. had treated them throughout the trial.

cc: Major Patrick R.
Ann T. P., Deputy Chief Administrative Judge



Office of the Court Administration
25 Beaver Street
New York, New York 10008

Dear Sirs/Mesdames:

On July 8, I lost my wallet in Brooklyn Supreme Court second floor. There were important papers and more than three hundred dollars enclosed.

Officer Anthony M., Badge #2456 found my wallet and returned it to me. All the contents of my wallet were intact.

I wish to commend Officer M. for his honesty and integrity.

Very truly yours,

Howard B.
HBR: slj Howard B.



Honorable Ann P.
Administrative Judge
Second Judicial District,
Supreme Court of the State of New York
360 Adams Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Dear Justice P.:

We recently tried the case of the People v. Joseph G., Indictment number 6423/01 before the Honorable Anne F. in Part 5 of Kings County Supreme Court. As you know the case received extraordinary media attention and posed a number of challenges to the court.

We wish to bring to your attention the exceptional deportment of the court personnel during the three weeks of the trial. Justice F. demonstrated the highest level of integrity and professionalism throughout the entire pendency of the case. Because of her control of the courtroom, the trial proceeded like clockwork. Her unwavering commitment to impartially applying legal principles gave both the defendant and the prosecution a fair and just trial. Justice F. was never distracted by the media "circus" and conducted the trial in a thoroughly controlled and expeditious manner.

She was ably assisted by a team of court personnel who clearly respected her and worked flawlessly together. The Part 5 clerk, Peter M. demonstrated the same organization and attention to detail that everyone who has had the pleasure of appearing before Justice F. in the past has come to expect from him. He is always a professional and was unaffected by the crowds, the media and the emotions of the case.

Likewise, Captain Michael M. commanded respect from all parties and observers by maintaining order and quietly enforcing a code of conduct that retained the dignity of the proceedings and allowed the trial to proceed without interruption. The Captain was assisted by Sgt. Timothy G., Sgt. James C., Sgt. Curtis T., Officer Jeffery B., Officer Joseph L., Officer Kenneth M. and Officer Sherise Y.

Quiet professionalism, a seamless integration of effort and tasks is the only way we can describe the manner in which they conducted themselves. There was an evident spirit of cooperation and a complete absence of intrusion on the trial. The best example of this (but not the only example)is the complicated trip to the scene of the collision with the jury and under the scrutiny of the media.

The excursion was conducted flawlessly in spite of the endemic possibilities for problems. Only the careful, detailed and coordinated planning of Captain M. and the other court Officers could have effectuated such a successful visit to the scene. Each of them is a credit to the court system.

Finally, we wish to bring to your attention the court reporters, N. V. B. and Maria D. for their professionalism, cooperation and speed. There was extensive, complicated testimony and they cheerfully provided daily copy and "read backs".

The experience of trying Joseph G. before Justice F. was gratifying. Every trial should be so scrupulously fair, proceed so smoothly and have the benefit of such a professional staff. The nature of the case and the media attention had the potential for disaster. Instead, it was pleasure due to the laudable work of the court's personnel.

Sincerely,

Joseph
Chief, Felony Trial Division

Maureen
Executive Assistant District Attorney
Vehicular Crimes



Mr. James I.
Chief Clerk
New York Supreme Court
Kings County
360 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Dear Mr. I.:

Both my associate, Erica D., and I agree that there are few rare times in the life of a lawyer when you encounter a public servant who is truly extraordinary. For both of us, Principal Court Clerks Catherine C. and John D. are just such rare individuals.

Catherine C. was extremely knowledgeable and helpful with questions we had relating to the filing of an Order to Show Cause for bail pending appeal of a Criminal Court judgment to the Appellate Term. She took the time to explain this complicated and relatively unique process, and also aided us in getting an order from the Court transmitted to the Department of Corrections to facilitate the process of obtaining the release of our client, Al G., from Rikers Island on bail after we encountered considerable obstacles from the Corrections Department.

Ms. C. also took the time to call us back the following day to see if we had been successful in obtaining our client's release. She had wanted to know how the court system could improve upon the system that resulted in a defendant being incarcerated at Rikers for three days afterhis bail had been posted. Her human compassion and quest for greater efficiency are remarkable.

John D. was also exceptionally cooperative and helpful during this frustrating process of trying to get our client released on bail. Mr. Dougherty said he was 'just doing his job," but he did it so very well.

The manner in which both of these individuals extended themselves under the most urgent circumstances was truly remarkable. In more than 40 years of practice, I have rarely met anyone who was as selfless and willing to help. If there was a Hall of Fame for outstanding public servants, both Catherine and John would be in it.

Once again, both of us would like to express our deep gratitude for their kind assistance unparalleled commitment to the courts and service to the community.

Respectfully submitted,

Herald P.

Cc: Ms. Catherine C.
Mr. John D.



Honorable Ann P.

Dear Justice P.:

I recently had to serve on grand jury duty. I am not a nofile to the court system as I was a vice president for a major ins carrier and I am now self-employed as a claims consultant. I spend almost everyday in the NYC Courts trying to settle negligence cases.

I just want to make this short. A grand jury duty marshall by the name of Millie B. is an asset to your court. I know about all the problems of the courts & Millie is a shinning light.

She is professional, helpful and a courteous individual. Jury duty could be a bad experience for some people. Millie sees to it that it is not.

Again, I hope you compliment her. She is truly an asset & lets one walk away with a nice feeling.

Sincerely,

Nicholas J



To whom it may concern:

It was my privilege to serve on jury duty in criminal court on Adams Street during the month of October. It was a very difficult case and quite stressful, but I feel we made a just decision.

The tesion was made easier after 9/11 by the professionalism of your court officers. Those checking bags and watching activity at the court house made us feel secure.

Our jury had to be sequestered and the care and concern we had from our officers was above and beyond duty. Especially, SCO Louise C. (#4436), Sgt. Kevin B., and John C.. (I'm sorry that I didn't get the badge numbers of Kevin and John)

I was very disappointed that court officers were not represented at Madison Square Garden; they too protect and risk their lives for others.

I served ten years ago and the improvement of the staff is unbelievable. I hope they are paid enough, but how can you put a price on being ready to protect your fellow citizens. God bless them all.

And again, a special thank you to the above three professionals.

Sincerely,

Maureen J.



Honorable James I.
Chief Clerk
Supreme Court of the State of New York
County of Kings
360 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

RE: Mr. Andrew S.

Dear Sir:

It's with great pleasure that I write to inform you about my experience in dealing with a member of your staff named Mr. Andrew S.. I've been a service professional in the financial services industry for over two decades, I've had senior management responsibilities for service delivery for about fifteen (15) years, and I've written extensively, for internal consumption, on the subject. Given my professional background, I feel I'm qualified to comment on service.

The service I received, from Mr. S., was par excellence. His explanations were very clear and concise. Where many civil servants are impersonal and apathetic, he took time to listen and to make suggestions.. and best of all when he promised something, he delivered! I can say that I found Mr. S. to be the quintessence of a professional. His represenation of you and your organization is exemplary. I consider him a great asset to your organization.

Please convey my sincere apprecation and highest consideration to Mr. S. and I thank you for nurturing an environment that "grows" staff members like him.

Yours sincerely,

Annabel



Howard R., Captain
Brooklyn Supreme Court
120 Schermerhorn Street, Room 1107C
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Re: Sr. Court Officer Scott D.

Dear Captin R.:

It is quite an emotional experience having to serve on a murder case as a first juror. However, having Scott as our Court Officer while serving on the case made my experience a most pleasurable one despite the specifics of the case.

Scott is extrmely professional, yet so congenial with such a humorous personality. His congeniality definitely made my eight days on the case much less emotionally taxing than it would have been without someone like him.

I certainly hope you have more officers like Scott on your team, as it definitely enhances ones jury duty experience.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and recognizing Scott for being a quality Officer.

Sincerely,

Renee L.



Captain Howard R.
Brooklyn Supreme Court
120 Schermerhorn Street, RM 1107C
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Dear Captain R.:

I was recently called for jury duty, and was picked to serve on a jury in Judge Joel G.'s court. It was, for me at least, a long and difficult trail, which was made easier by the officer assigned to our group, Senior Court Officer Scott D.. Officer D. was always polite and professional, but beyond that, his sense of humor and general good will helped keep up the morale of our jury and often helped to ease the tensions that arose amongst our group. For me, two weeks was long time away from my professional life, and I genuinely appreciate Scott's efforts to make my time less stressful.

Sincerely,

Wendy



Captain Howard R.
Brooklyn Supreme Court
120 Schermerhorn St., RM 1107C
Brooklyn, NY 11201

RE: Senior Court Officer Scott D.

Dear Captain R.:

I am writing this letter in regards to Senior Court Officer Scott D. During my time as a juror on a criminal case which began 10/17, I found Officer D. to be a bery pleasant individual to deal with. He was always kind and considerate, and he always made himself available to us whenever we needed him. He was a joy to be around.

Although we (as Jurors) may be involved in tough court cases, it is nice to know that there are pleasant court officers in our presence.

Have a good day!

Sincerely,

Ms. Adrienne



Hon. Cheryl E. C.

We the jury will like to extend our greatest thanks to you and your staff for making these past few days as comfortable as possible. Especially to the court officers who were extremely courtious at all times when we were sequestered.



Chief Clerk James F. I.
Kings County Supreme Court
Civil Center
Montague Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Dear Mr. I.:

I would like commend one of your court officers, Mario B. In general, I have found that the court officers in Kings County are among the most efficient, courteous and helpful officers working in the New York State Court system.

On May 21 I lost my wallet while at the Courthouse at 360 Adams Street. I did not discover that my wallet was lost until I received a telephone call on my cell phone from my office advising that Officer B. had retrieved my wallet, determined the owner, and called my office to track me down. Needless to say, I was relieved to know that the wallet was in good hands and thankful for the fact that because Officer B. had gotten word to me so quickly, I avoided the time and convenience associated with cancelling my credit cards. etc.

My compliements to you and your fine staff of Court Officers and in particular, Officer B. I trust that you will pass my thanks onto him.

Very truly yours,

Jerald F.



To Captain Howard R.:

About two weeks ago I had my first encounter as a juror: It was somewhat of an anxious moment, so we always have a tendency to remember people that make our experiences easier.

The person that made my transition easier was Senior Court Officer Scott D. Scott was always pleasant and full of information. He never once made me feel uncomfortable and he has a very natural way of explaining the process to a new juror so that all anxiety would be alleviated.

I don't know how much influence this letter will bring, but I think it's important for all people to know when someone within their organization is doing a good job. Scott D. is doing an excellent job.

Sincerely,

Veronica



Dear Captain K. and Major M.:

My name is Linda K. I came to court on 3/28 after emergency surgery on 3/27. I want you to commend Officer Gail R.* and Officer Tom K.*. I was in some pain and they helped me in an extraordinary fashion. They both went beyond the call of duty.

I thank them wholeheartedly.

I wanted you to be apprized that without them I would have been in big trouble. Thank You officers.

Linda



Dear Major R.:

We, the undersigned, would like to commend S.C.O. Paul F. for his dedications, congeniality and professionalism, and for the way in which he puts every one "at ease".

Most of us had served as jurors before, and had not experienced the cordiality, dedication, and mutual respect which we have felt while serving on this case under the Hon. Robert S. K.

We strongly feel that Paul deserves a special citation.

Respectfully yours,

Jurors - Part 7



Dear Mr. R.,

I was serving jury duty and chosen for a criminal case with an illegal possession of weapons charge that lasted from February 28, through March 13th. Thanks to Frank C., the court officer who met with us when we began, and escorted us from our often changing room to the courtroom where Judge B. presided and back, I found the experience interesting and challenging, without the anxiety I had dreaded. He provided a background of warmth, friendliness and humor for all the jurors which motivated us to fully engage in the experience and make it as productive as possible. Had I known before that serving could be such a sociable and educational experience as well as a duty, I wouldn't have wished to hard for it never to happen and dreaded that first day. Frank contributed greatly to that positive outcome. I wish there were more people like him so other potential jurors could profit from serving as much as I did. It was a great pleasure t have known him.

Sincerely,

Margery



Honorable Robert J. G.
Justice of the Supreme Court
120 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Dear Judge G.:

I would like to commend your court's officer, Bob E., for his positive attitude and professionalism.

While serving as a juror on the Linda W. vs. NYCHA case that completed today, I and the other jurors felt Bob consistently treated us with respect and consideration. He was responsive to our needs both during the trial as well as during our deliberations.

What I especially appreciated is his upbeat attitude throughout the trial. He greeted everyone with a smile each day and never showed any negative behavior toward any of the jurors. In the eleven days I was in your court, Bob never appeared to be having a 'bad day'.

Bob, while performing his other duties as a court officer,
helped to make my experience these past weeks much more
pleasant.

Sincerely,


Richard E.



BROOKLYN TREATMENT COURT

Major Patrick R.
Senior Court Officer of Operations
Kings County Supreme Court
360 Adams Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Dear Major Patrick R.,

I would like to take this opportunity to commend the Court Officers who were involved with organizing the movement of 80 plus individuals on Tuesday, March 20 through the courthouse to the Brooklyn Treatment Court.

As on many previous occasions, the Court Officers involved, combined the utmost professionalism, courtesy and efficiency, with the necessary task of ensuring Court Security.

I would very much like to voice my appreciation of their assistance with this very important site visit and to express my sincerest thanks to you and your team.


Best regards,

Project Director


cc: James I., Chief Clerk
Honorable Jo Ann F., Presiding Judge



Chief Clerk Mr. James I.
Criminal Court
360 Adams Street Room 850
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Dear Mr. I.,

I would like to take this time to comend your staff from room 565 part 28's courtroom. In the month of December, a relative of mine was a defendant in the above courtroom. My family and I sat in many courtrooms during the long 14 months hearing up to the trials & I must say I was extremely impressed with your staff in the Hon. Judge Rivera's courtroom,

Court officers, Sam, Paul, Kevin and Adrianne along with Viola the court clerk were superb. I was moved by the professionalism and the compassion demonstrated towards all the defendants that came in Judge Riveras' courtroom.

This staff provided added security after the reading of the verdict which was very much needed and was highly appreciated by myself and my family.

On behalf of my entire family please extend to your staff our utmost thanks and gratitude for a job well done.

Sincerely,

Constance



Major Pat R.
360 Adams Street, Room 848B
Brooklyn. New York 11201

Dear Major R.:

I am writing to express my gratitude to the Court officers working in Part 10 on November 2. They are Officers M., C., O. and Sgt. M.. On that day, a distraught family member approached the well, intending a physical confrontation. The quick response of the officers, especially Allen M., was professional, restrained and effective. Because of their actions, a potentially explosive situation was quietly and efficiently defused.

All my thanks,

Clifford D. Esq.

CDL/im


Major Patrick R.
Brooklyn Supreme Court - Criminal Term
360 Adams Street
Brooklyn, N. Y. 11201

Dear Major Patrick R..

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for your assistance and generosity in regards to the Gang Resistance Education And Training (GREAT) Program. On June 9. June 13, and June 14 the Brooklyn Supreme Court hosted a courthouse tour for students from P. S. 191 whom are participating in the Gang Resistance Education And Training (GREAT) Program. It was clear that Senior Court Officer Edward M. had gone to considerable trouble on our behalf to ensure that we had an interesting and informative tour.

The teachers and students were impressed with the knowledge, commitment and professionalism they were greeted with during the visit to the courthouse. The group received insight on the court system and learned of numerous new career opportunities.

The cooperation and professionalism with which this entire event was handled made the experience a pleasure for the students. Senior Court Officer Edward M. is a verbal wizard, who kept the students intrigued with every aspect of the court system. It was an outstanding opportunity and an excellent learning experience for all that attended the tour.

Thank you most sincerely for your time and hospitality during our visit to the court. We appreciate your support of the GREAT program. I look forward to this partnership in the future and again thank you for your assistance and generosity.


Sincerely.


Edgar A.
Special Agent in Charge



James I.
Chief Clerk of the Supreme Court Criminal Term
360 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Dear Mr. I.:

I work for the above attorney. Recently I went to the information counter on the 10th floor. Unfortunately, I did not have the proper information.

Despite this, the personnel at the counter were able to help me. They did this promptly with good humor and professionalism. Every time that I have gone there, they have always been friendly and helpful.

Please accept my congratulations for your fine staff. I would appreciate it if you wculd give them my thanks.


Sincerely Yours,

William
Office Manager



Captain Howard R. 
Supreme Court, Room 1107 
120 Schermerhorn Street 
Brooklyn, NY 11201 

Dear Captain R.: 

I am writing this letter to you so that you know that a grateful juror appreciated and appreciates the assistance that Senior Court Officer Scott D. provided during my recent stint as a deliberating, sequestered juror. Especially during the last 3 days (June 21-23) he was a bright light and link to the outside world. He cheerfully made phone calls, brought meals and messages, and generally provided relief from the difficult deliberations. I never would have guessed what an important role a court officer plays. I think he does an outstanding job that should be noted and commended. 

Although I thanked him myself, I didn't feel that that was enough. For what it's worth, Senior Court Office Scott D. was the only good thing about the experience, so I felt compelled to let you know that. 

Sincerely, 
 

Annie



James I. Chief Clerk of the Supreme Court
Criminal Term
360 Adams Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

Dear Mr. I.:

I work for the above attorney. Recently I went to the information counter on the 10th floor. Unfortunately, I did not have the proper information.

Despite this, the personnel at the counter were able to help me. They did this promptly with good humor and professionalism. Every time that I have gone there, they have always been friendly and helpful.

Please accept my congratulations for your fine staff. I Would appreciate it if you would give them my thanks.

Sincerely Yours,



To: Sergeant Robert P.
From: Major Patrick R.
Re: Letter of Commendation


Mr. James I. has received a letter from Bracha V., who recently served on jury duty in the case of The People vs. C. Ms. V., was most appreciative of your kindness and understanding towards the needs of the jurors during this trial. You and your colleagues have always shown great attention to the needs of so many litigants, visitors, jurors, attorney's and other court staff. I never get tired of hearing about the wonderful job my sister and brother Court Officers do at Brooklyn Supreme Court. A copy of this letter will be placed in your personnel file.

Congratulations on a job well done!


cc: Judge M. P. James I. Thomas K. Roger E.




James F. I. Chief Clerk
Supreme Court Bldg.
360 Adams St., 8th Floor
Brooklyn, NY I 1201

Dear Sir:

I would like to express my appreciation for the way court officers, Sgt. Robert P., Mike M., and Ralph B. treated myself and the other jurors during the C. case from May through the beginning of June.

Through their kindness and understanding, we were able to release tension under very serious circumstances, which helped us to concentrate on the case before us.

We are very grateful for the interest and treatment these officers showed us.

We would like to recommend that this letter be a part of these officers' files

Sincerely,



To: SC0 Scott D.
From: Major Patrick R.
Re: Letter of Commendation

Captain R. has forwarded to me a letter he received from Ms. Annie W. who served on a jury which was recently sequestered. Ms. W. is tnost grateful to you for your attention and kindness to her and other jurors during the trial and most especially, deliberations. Because of you tine work, Ms. W. comments. **I never would have guessed what an important role a Court Officer plays ". Ms. W. takes this back to her community. Your positive attitude reflects upon the entire command. I am very pleased for you and I thank you for a job well done !

A copy of this letter will be placed in your personnel tile.


cc: Judge M. P. James I. Thomas K. Roger E.



To: SC0 Sharon B.
From: Major P.
Re: Letter of Commendation


Mr. James I. has received a letter addressed to him and Judge P., regarding your professional attitude as a Warden of the Grand Jury. Ms. Marianne D. who served on a Grand Jury this July, was impressed by your attention given to a situation which occurred during the presentation of a case. You displayed excellent initiative, in reminding jurors of their responsibility to pay attention during the presentation. The Wardens of the Grand Jury are charged with responsibility to ensure that the Grand Jury proceedings are fair and orderly, you and your colleagues do a remarkable job each day. Your work is greatly appreciated.

A copy of this letter will be placed in your personnel file.

Congratulations!


cc: Judge M. P. James I. Thomas K. Roger E.



Jimmy I., Esq. Chief Clerk and
Michael P., Esq. Administrative Judge
New York State Supreme Court
360 Adams Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

RE: Grand Jury B-7 and Warden Sharon B.

Dear Chief Clerk Imperatice and Judge P.:

I am currently serving as Juror #2 (Assistant Foreperson) on Grand Jury B-7. On Monday afternoon, July 3, this Grand Jury was listening to witness testimony from a defendant. Two of the jurors appeared to be asleep during this testimony. This had been a recurring problem since the start of the term, especially with one of these jurors. Warden Sharon B., who was in the Grand Jury room at the time, asked that the proceedings be interrupted, so that she might speak to the jurors. At that time, Warden B. reminded the jury of its responsibility to stay awake during the proceedings.

I was very grateful that the jury was given this reminder by Warden B. On the day in question, every juror was needed. (Two alternate jurors were serving. Another juror failed to return after lunch, and two other jurors were so late getting back from lunch that they missed the first two presentations of the afternoon.) I understand that a person may not enjoy being reminded when they fail to meet their responsibilities as a juror, but I know that if I were either the Assistant District Attorney assigned to the case or the defendant, I would want nothing less than the complete attention of the Grand Jury.

Sincerely,


Marianne



To: SC0 Edward Mason
From: Major Patrick R.
Re: Letter of Commendation

I received a letter from Mr. Edgar D., Special Agent for the Department of Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, regarding a recent tour of our courthouse, which you conducted for students from P. S. 191. Again you distinguished yourself as our Ambassador of Goodwill. Your knowledge and professionalism along with your "verbal wizardry" has influenced the young people of our great City. You showed yourself as a role model to those vvho truly need positive influences on their young lives. I am always proud of your fine work. Congratulations again! A copy of this letter will be placed in your personnel file.

cc: Judge M. P. James I. Thomas K. Roger E.



Major Patrick R.
Brooklyn Supreme Court -Criminal Term
360 Adams Street
Brooklyn. N. Y. 11201

Dear Major Patrick R..

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for your assistance and generosity in regards to the Gang Resistance Education And Training (GREAT) Program. On June 9. June 13, and June 14 the Brooklyn Supreme Court hosted a courthouse tour for students from P. S. 19 1 whom are participating in the Gang Resistance Education And Training (GREAT) Program. It was clear that Senior Court Officer Edward M. had gone to considerable trouble on our behalf to ensure that we had an interesting and informative tour.

The teachers and students were impressed with the knowledge, commitment and professionalism they were greeted with during the visit to the courthouse. The group received insight on the court system and learned of numerous new career opportunities.

The cooperation and professionalism with which this entire event was handled made the experience a pleasure for the students. Senior Court Officer Edward M. is a verbal wizard, who kept the students intrigued with every aspect of the court system. It was an outstanding opportunity and an excellent learning experience for all that attended the tour.

Thank you most sincerely for your time and hospitality during our visit to the court. We appreciate your support of the GREAT program. I look forward to this partnership in the future and again thank you for your assistance and generosity.

Sincerely,

Special Agent in Charge



To: SC0 Lisa F.
From: Major Patrick R.
Re: Letter of Commendation

I received letters from Ms. Patricia M. and Mr. Orville D. who recently served as jurors in the case of The People vs. Darren J. Both jurors express their gratitude to you and your colleagues for making jury service a rewarding experience. I am always pleased to receive such complimentary letters regarding the Senior Court Officers of Kings County. Your professionalism reflects on the entire command. A copy of both letters will be placed in your personnel file.

Congratulations!

cc: Judge M. P. Judge J. S. James I. Thomas K. Roger E.



N. Y. S. Supreme Court-Kings County
360Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

To Whom It May Concern: During my time as an alternate on this case (June 14-22), the officers were quite professional and at the same time friendly to the jurors and myself. Typically the people on a jury do not want to be there and rather be at home or at their job, however the officers made us feel more comfortable under the stressed conditions by providing a little chuckle. I was also impressed that at the start of the case the justice wanted to end this case as soon as possible, the same idea going through all the minds of the jurors. I would like to thank the justice, officers, and everyone who worked on this case for making this jury term a little bit easier for me and realizing that these people involved in the case are just like everyone else, human.

Sincerely,



Major Patrick R.
N. Y. S. Supreme Court Kings County
360 Adams Street, Room 848B
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Case: People vs. Darren J. Justice: J. S., Criminal Term Part #15

Dear Major R.:

Please be advised that I served as a juror on the above case from June 12 until June 22 of this year. As you know, being a juror, in spite of common notions can be an intimidating as well as an enormous learning experience.

Your staff members made my experience as a juror a lot easier. Sgt. Timothy G. did an excellent job in making sure that the transportation, hotel and breakfast needs were taken care of while we were sequestered. Security court officers, Paul F. and Lisa F. did a fine job of ensuring that our external and internal needs, including questions to Justice S., were processed as quickly as possibly. Finally, Security Court Officer F., with his sense of humor, wisdom and extensive knowledge as it relates to court proceedings, helped to ease a lot tense moments amongst the jurors.

So thank you for having such an excellent staff to the court.

cc: SC0 P.F. SC0 L. Francis Sgt. T. G.



To: SC0 Peter M.
From: Major Patrick R.
Re: Letter of Commendation

I received a letter from Ms. Claire B., who recently visited 360 Adams Street with a friend who needed a jury postponement. She and her friend were anxious and nervous upon arriving at the building. Ms. B. was quite upset and intimidated by the security measures but was immediately made comfortable by your personable demeanor. You handled yourself in a very professional manner, which reflects upon the entire command. You addressed the concerns of a person who felt that her privacy would be infringed upon during our search procedures, with patience and kindness. You reassured her and she and her companion were able to do their business in a calm and relaxed manner.

I commend you on a job well done. A copy of Ms. B.'s letter will be placed in your personnel file.

Congratulations!



Major Patrick R.
Brooklyn Supreme Court
360 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 1120 1

Dear Major R.,

On June 1 I had occasion to visit your building with a co-worker who was attempting to postpone jury duty. Neither of us have ever been to a courthouse before and had no idea where to go or what to do. When we saw all the security measures in place we were very intimidated and unsure of ourselves. It was approximately 8:45 a.m. It was then we had the pleasure of meeting one of the court officers working in the lobby that morning.

He was kind, efficient, personable, professional and certainly very patient. He did not bat an eye when I yelled at him for taking my handbag and putting it through the x-ray machine. He smiled and said it was just routine and no harm would come to it. He was right. When I practically screamed at him that we did not know what we were doing he very calmly explained to us where we needed to go and even offered to walk us there. He relaxed us considerably and we easily accomplished what we needed to do.

His name is Officer Peter M. and his badge number is 2750. I wanted to thank him personally but when we returned from Room 156 he was no longer there. I have been a customer service manager for a major utility for over 25 years and can attest to the fact that workers go out of their way for customers only to be taken for granted. I can certainly appreciate it when person such as this goes the extra mile for a total and, admittedly, difficult stranger.

Please convey my thanks to Officer M. for me. I'm very disappointed that he wasn't there when we came back to the main lobby. He certainly should be told that his actions are very much appreciated. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Claire

 

Mr. James I., Chief Clerk
Kings County Supreme Court
360 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Dear Jim,

I am writing to praise Officer Carl F. for helping me recover my purse after it was stolen in Mental Health Court.

I noticed the purse missing around 1:00 on December 9 and I immediately went back to the courtroom to see if I had left it in Judge D.'s part earlier in the day. Officer F. took time during his break to help me look in the courtroom. He even began searching garbage cans up and down the hallways on the 7th floor in hopes that it had been thrown there. He suggested I look in the ladies room and that is where I found it, behind the toilet.

Of course, plenty of ID's were missing and that is a hassle, but it was nice to find the bag and the personal items that were still in it. I definitely would not have looked for it if not Officer F.'s assistance and genuine concern.

I also want to say that the staff on the 8th floor were particularly helpful, even though they were too technically on their lunch break. Captain M. filled out an Unusual Occurance Report and faxed it right over to me, helping me avoid the hassle of going to the precint.

As an employer myself, I know it's nice to hear a compliment once in a while, so that's why I decided to tak a few minutes out to say your staff really helped reduce the pain of a bad situation for me.

See you soon,

Lisa

 

Mr. James I., Chief Clerk
Kings County Supreme Court
360 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Dear Mr. I.,

I served as a Grand Juror from November 10th thru November 21. Though the thought of serving on a Grand Jury for two weeks was not high on my wish list, the experience was rewarding and eye opening. This letter is to bring attention to two of the Grand Jory Wardens that I encountered. They are Sharon B. and Rhonda J.. They were from the beginning to end considerate, thoughtful, informative, caring, tough and strict. They balanced all of these qualities on a daily basis with smiles on their faces. We were treated with respect and were never talked down too. What a pleasant two weeks. They were the best.

Respectfully,

Arnold



Honorable Neil Jon F. - Administrative Judge
Second Judicial District, Kings County Supreme Court

Dear Judge F.,

I was one of four attorneys who represented a combination of several corporations and five individual defendants in a matter which was recently concluded before the Honorable Judge Albert T.

The trial of the matter extended over approximately a seven week period, during which time the four attorneys and five defendants were seated together in Part 2 in an area normally occupied one defendant and one attorney.

It was the pleasant manner and demeanor of Court Clerk Joseph E. that made this difficult trial pass in a highly professional way, especially with regard to his handling of the complex number of exhibits placed into evidence during this trail.

Accordingly, I feel compelled to single out Mr. E.'s courtesy and cooperation, and wish to bring his excellent services to your attention.

 

Respectfully yours,

Felix, Attorney at Law

 

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