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2023 Cyrus R. Vance Award
On May 11th, 2023, we honored and paid tribute to the Hon. Rolando T. Acosta, former Presiding Justice of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, for over 25 years of distinguished public service.
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Cameras in the Courts: Enhancing Transparency in the New York State Judiciary
This report provides a historical view of the audiovisual coverage prohibition in New York’s courts; includes a comprehensive survey of all 50 states and the District of Columbia concerning audiovisual coverage of courtroom proceedings; and evaluates in-court camera use on an issue-by-issue basis, including considerations relating to racial justice, judicial transparency, and the interests of litigants and the public.Read the report