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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Pfau Says to Shut Courts Early, Mum on Wasteful Corruption

State’s Judges Told to Shut Courtrooms Earlier to Cut Costs
The New York Times by JOHN ELIGON - April 6, 2011

Judges across New York State were told on Wednesday to shut down their courtrooms a half-hour earlier every day in an effort to cut back on overtime paid to staff members like court clerks and court officers. The request came in a two-page memorandum from Ann Pfau, the state’s chief administrative judge, days after the state budget cut funds for the judiciary by $170 million. “As we have discussed, our difficult fiscal situation requires that we reduce spending, including a significant reduction” in court staff, Judge Pfau wrote. “The ultimate number of layoffs, however, can be mitigated if we make every effort to eliminate nonessential spending.” Other than arraignment courtrooms that work into the night, Judge Pfau wrote, all court proceedings “generally should end no later than 4:30 p.m.” rather than the current 5 p.m. The change applies to both state and local courts. The memorandum also calls for the end to a longstanding practice of having juries deliberate through the lunch hour, because that too requires staff members to work, and collect overtime. There will be times when court proceedings will run past 4:30. During a trial, for instance, if a witness is expected to have about 20 or 30 minutes of testimony left at 4:30, and that witness has a scheduling conflict the next day, a judge may be inclined to allow the proceeding to go on. But to do that, a judge must now receive approval from that court’s administrative judge. Justice Michael J. Obus, the chief administrative judge for the criminal division of State Supreme Court in Manhattan, said he would consider requests case by case. “Judges have already been told they should avoid this if humanly possible,” he said. Judges generally saw the new policy as an imposition, though a necessary one. “Judges are self-motivated and want to get things done,” Justice Obus said. “Anything that interferes with getting things done is not welcome.” Justice Obus, who as an administrator was already aware of the impending change, already had to grant one extension — to himself. During deliberations in the trial of Leigh Morse, an art dealer convicted of fraud, a juror, as she was leaving the courtroom at 4:30 one day last month, said she would not come back the next day, Justice Obus said. That required him to question the juror, which caused the court staff to have to stay until after 5 p.m. Given the rising caseloads, the new closing time “makes no sense,” said Rocco DeSantis, the president of the New York State Court Clerks Association. It will be difficult for clerks to process the large amount of paperwork required of them in a shorter time period he said. “Our clerks are under tremendous pressure to make sure the work is done,” Mr. DeSantis said. “The public is going to be the one that suffers the most.” Dennis W. Quirk, the president of the New York State Court Officers Association, said it would be difficult for his officers to tell people who had been waiting all day for their cases to be called to return the following day because of the rigid closing time. “We’re going to have a lot of angry people,” he said. One clerk who has worked in State Supreme Court in Manhattan for two years noted at least one advantage to the new rule. “It’s great to actually get home before the sun goes down,” he said.

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Fooey on Pfau said...

Anne Pfau is just another Kaye, Lippman Corrupt holdover.

Know anything about court corruption, dear make-believe 'judge' Anne Pfau?

Tell your state-paid driver to take a ride to the nearest U.S. Attorney's Office. Turn yourself in, you corrupt hack. At least you'd get a better hair cut in a federal facility.

Anonymous said...

If Lippman must go, so must Pfau. Andrew, are you listening?

Anonymous said...

One glaring error in this article, is that Pfau is not a judge. Why they continue the charade can only be to make people believe that they know what they are doing.

The chief administrator of the courts does not have to be a judge, but they continue to make it look like these incompetent individuals are.

Anonymous said...

I see the administrator of this site has now linked with other social media.

This now makes it much easier to share these articles (and posted comments) with the rest of the world.

It is now more important for the commenters to make sure they are clear and specific about corruption and misconduct in the courts.

Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Pay to play, is a live and well in Westchester (aka 9th JD).

In today's Gannet paper there is an article about how Wilson Elser games the system.

"Until the pay-to-play culture is changed, monied groups, interests and unions will generously dispense their largesse to those in power, Horner said.

The firm meanwhile was paid $10.3 million for its lobbying efforts around the state, according to a preliminary review by NYPIRG.

How many ex-Judges work for them?|newswell|text|Frontpage|s

Anonymous said...

Fire some Judges and all the people that they needed to keep them standing, then you will save a ton of bucks

Justice for all said...

Time to spread the pain equally. Obtain list of all relatives employed in the court system. Then institute only one family member stays and all others are terminated. Ending nepotism.
Now eliminate the non-human members of the genus Cathartes new york judgis(common NY vulture/judge) beginning with Pfau and Lippman. All the identities of others of this genus appear on this blog and/or in its comments. Andrew Cuomo appears to love vultures in black robes.

Anonymous said...

Forget about closing the courts early, just close them up completely.

Anonymous said...

You can find anyone who has a public position in NY by going to various websites that post salary info.

One is:

There are different ways to search, but you can get several years of pay.

One advantage is you can see if certain families work for the same agencies, or if there are relatives in other branches of the government.

Anonymous said...

I could have done my court clerking from home, via skype...then I would not have had to work with the petty, nepotisitic hacks that now devour the entire court operations.
Save money OCA...have some court functions done at home away from the problematic OCA hirees....less higher court action you have to influence when you can't control your illegal behavior.

Crystal L. Cox Sued for Libel!! said...

Plaintiffs: Obsidian Finance Group, LLC and Kevin D. Padrick

Defendant: Crystal Cox

Case Number: 3:2011cv00057

Filed: January 14, 2011

Court: Oregon District Court

Office: Portland Office

Presiding Judge: Ancer L. Haggerty

Nature of Suit: Torts - Injury - Assault, Libel, and Slander

Cause: 28:1332 Diversity-Libel,Assault,Slander

Jury Demanded By: None

Crystal Cox Fan Club said...

Lacking in credibility this "investigative reporter (read investigative extortionist) will finally get what she deserves.

voice of justice said...

What role did Pfau and her husband Falcone have to do will Judge Golia and Sunny murder? What did Sunny have on Pfau?

voice of justice said...

What role did Pfau and her husband Falcone have to do will Judge Golia and Sunny murder? What did Sunny have on Pfau?

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