The COVID-19 pandemic was arguably the most disruptive event in the history of the New York Courts, and it brought significant hardship to many individuals who depend on the court system. That hardship cannot be undone, but our sincere hope is that this report will be an important step along the path to improving the performance of the courts and ensuring that the next time there is a significant disruption, the courts are prepared. [Read more…] about New York Courts’ Response to the Pandemic: Observations, Perspectives, and Recommendations
When Covid-19 hit, the New York City Family Court came to a screeching halt for thousands of vulnerable families with children, revealing “deep inequities” and technical shortcomings that predated the pandemic, according to a report prepared by the NYC Bar Association and The Fund for Modern Courts.
The Committee for Modern Courts supports the Judiciary’s FY 2025 Budget Request of $2.7 billion. While this is an increase of 7.2% from Enacted FY 2024 funding, it represents an essential investment in the core operations and obligations of our courts and system of justice. This budget request will enable the courts to fulfill their mission to deliver justice in a manner that reflects the full measure of New York’s commitment to an effective judicial system and ensuring access to justice for all New York residents.
New York state has regularly added new judge positions to the court system in an attempt to address a backlog and the governor signed a bill as recently as last month doing just that.
However, the state Constitution caps the number of new state Supreme Court slots lawmakers can add based on population in the 13 judicial districts.
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.
Wednesday, March 6 11AM – 1 PM
Registration is now open for our CLE webinar on the Audio-Visual Coverage of Judicial Proceedings.
Michael Miller, our Board Member and author of Modern Courts’ report on Cameras in the Courts, will moderate this panel. This will – most assuredly – be a fascinating and robust dialog and debate. We have perspectives/opinions on both sides of the issue, and we hope commonality may be found through the presentations and conversation.
If you are not a NYSBA member, you may use this code and be our guest: FMCNR81