In other areas, the chief judge:
Backed a legislative proposal to allow audiovisual coverage of all courtroom proceedings with the stipulation that the presiding judge agrees and that the facial features of parties or witnesses who object to the presence of cameras be obscured.
Lippman said he hoped his proposal would renew a "robust public dialogue" on cameras in the courtroom that has been dormant in recent years.
Following his speech, the chief judge said it has been 17 years since the televised O.J. Simpson murder trial in California but that critics in New York continued to be "traumatized" by the excesses of that trial.
"We have to educate people about the critical work that goes on in the courts," Lippman said. "They have a right to know about it."
In the past, opposition to cameras has chiefly come from Democrats who control the Assembly, and they seemed to remain in opposition yesterday.
"I haven't heard anything different that we heard 10 years ago, as far as that goes," Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, a cameras-in-the-courtroom opponent, said yesterday.
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, a Brooklyn Democrat who chairs the Assembly's Judiciary Committee, said advocates for crime victims and witnesses have not been satisfied in the past by protecting their identities on camera through the use of "blue dots" or other methods of obscuring their faces.
"We have to dust off those files and look at it again," said Weinstein, who also attended Lippman's address.
Pointed out that the Administrative Board of the Courts has adopted recommendations by his Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services to change the aspirational goal for lawyers to provide 50 hours of pro bono service a year instead of 20 (NYLJ, Dec. 7, 2012).