The Fund For Modern Courts

blind-justice-300The Fund for Modern Courts is an independent, statewide court reform organization committed to improving the judicial system for all New Yorkers. The Fund for Modern Courts was founded in 1955  by concerned citizens, prominent lawyers, and business leaders. Modern Courts strives to improve the administration and quality of justice in our courts. By building relationships with legal service and advocacy organizations, community members, bar associations and state and local governments, Modern Courts works with those who want to ensure an independent, diverse and highly qualified judiciary and provide equal access to justice for all New Yorkers.

It is the only organization in New York State devoted exclusively to improving the judicial system.

Modern Courts Releases Citizens’ Court Monitoring Report on Dutchess County Family Court

Citizens’ Court Monitoring Report Dutchess County Family Court

Listen to an interview with Dennis R. Hawkins, Executive Director of Modern Courts; and others on the history and the powerful role party politics has on selecting New York State judges.

‘Smoke-Filled Rooms’ Still Rule New York Judicial Elections

WNYC Series on Judicial Elections by Kat Aaron


The new Chief Judge of the State of New York, the Hon. Janet DiFiore, announced an Excellence. As stated on the Office of Court Administration website, “Chief Judge DiFiore wants to hear from members of the public, judges, jurors, litigants, attorneys and court employees. The Excellence Initiative involves a detailed and comprehensive evaluation of current court processes and procedures to determine what is working well and what needs to be improved.”

Modern Courts discussed this important initiative with the Office of Court Administration and offered to survey our various email lists, coalitions, board members, business groups, good government groups, law schools, Bar Associations and others – to provide more input for the Chief Judge’s initiative.

Here is the link:
Excellence Initiative Survey for the Courts


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