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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Another Promising Step in Reversing NY's Court Corruption

Second Step in Streamlining of Court Administration Announced - April 8, 2009

Communications Office (212-428-2500):
David Bookstaver, Director - Kali Holloway, Deputy Director

Hon. Ann Pfau, Chief Administrative Judge

NEW YORK – Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau today announced the next phase in the streamlining of the administration of the State Judiciary with a new plan for management of the courts in New York City. This is the second step in an effort to streamline the administrative structure of the courts and focus resources on the core operations of the trial courts. In a consolidation of the current system, day-to-day management of Civil and Criminal Court operations in New York City will be incorporated into a new county-based system. Under this new structure, the current citywide positions of Administrative Judge for Civil Court and Administrative Judge for Criminal Court will be eliminated. Instead, each county will have a county Administrative Judge for Civil Matters and a county Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters. The county Administrative Judge for Civil Matters will manage the Supreme Court Civil Term and its Civil Court, overseeing the county’s Supervising Judge for the Civil Court and Supervising Judge for the Housing Court. Similarly, the county Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters will manage the county’s Supreme Court Criminal Term and its Criminal Court, overseeing the county’s Supervising Judge for the Criminal Court. The existing management structure for the New York City Family Court, however, will continue, with a citywide Administrative Judge for Family Court overseeing Supervising Judges in each of the five counties. Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Fern Fisher will continue to be responsible for general oversight of all the courts in New York City, and as part of that responsibility will coordinate citywide policies and initiatives for the Civil and Criminal Courts. The central administration of the Civil and Criminal Courts, which had previously been divided, will now be combined under Judge Fisher’s supervision.

Chief Judge Lippman said, “This plan is a critical next step in our ongoing focus on trial court operations, streamlining administrative operations and developing clearer lines of communication within the judiciary. Placing the primary responsibility for management of the Civil Court and the Criminal Court with Administrative Judges in each county will allow for greater attention to local issues and concerns, enable quicker responses to operational and administrative problems when they arise and create more flexibility in deploying resources among the courts. It will also provide stronger administrative support for judges throughout New York City and a higher level of accountability in the way courts are managed.” Chief Administrative Judge Pfau said, “Adopting a county-based management structure will foster more efficient management and administration of the courts, which in turn will lead to better service for the public. Although this new approach will work well for civil and criminal operations, we recognize that family matters are unique. The operations of the New York City Family Court, therefore, will continue to be managed by a single citywide Administrative Judge.” These changes were made in consultation with the Presiding Justices of the First and Second Departments. The process for selecting county Administrative Judges under the new structure will begin immediately, with appointments to be announced in the next several weeks.


Anonymous said...

If I'm reading this correctly, OCA is stopping the out-of-control power of the administrative judges of various 'judicial districts." Wow. This is a good step, long overdue, but in the right direction.

Anonymous said...

The shifting and dumping of court activities and duties should have started with the examination of competency and ethics of many of the Administrative Judges...before Lippman began this attempt.

What good is shifting the concepts and work to develop effeciency, if the supervisor is a slug and incompetent. Lippman has it backwards.

from dutchess county said...

I don't know if this is a good or bad move by Lippman and Pfau. Only time will tell. I guess they could have just done nothing, which would not have been any good at all. Change is good, it mixes things up. And if but one corrupt administrative judge is moved out, then it's worth it. It took a long time for the NYS OCA to become as bad as it is. Correction will not occur overnight. Keep the heat on, I say!!

smiling said...

Does this mean that Nicolai is out as administrative judge of the 9th Judicial District? Does he go directly to jail, pass go, or travel to Italy again with District Attorney Janet DiFiore like they did last summer?

If they agree to never come back from Italy, I'll buy the one-way tickets. Of course, there'll be endless parties celebrating the happy couple's departure.

Anonymous said...

if i understand what he is doing
They can put 10 judges in each county, if they do nothing it will be the same way it is now. Just then thier a will be more jobs and favors he can repay by putting his friends in high positions.
This is bad. What he is doing is making it the same way CEO do it.
Someone gets has friends on the board, then more friends get on the board giving the CEO more pay.
He pays them back by giving them money or gifts. The CEO`s get fat checks.
Then they loot the company.
Lippman figures they will not prosecute a chief judge.
Look the people from AIG got away with billions.
Lippman will not get money just political power. Instead of money he will make the system worst.
His friends will get better paying do nothing jobs.

Anonymous said...

This really doesn't streamline anything.

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