OCA to Trim Number of Judges Serving as Acting Supremes

, New York Law Journal


An unspecified number of lower court judges who were designated acting Supreme Court justices will be returned to the lower court, losing the title and salary of the higher post as the Office of Court Administration embarks on an effort to weed out judges who are technically ineligible for or not needed in Supreme Court, said Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti.

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  • Susan Tobey

    Thank you Judge Prudenti..... Ending the the long time repeated abuse of administrative powers and the disregard for election laws and administative rules governing the "temporary" assignment of lower court judges to the Supreme Court is long overdue. The legislature's creation of more Supreme Court parts in accordance with constitutional requirements including those linked to population numbers in judicial districts may provide an alternative way of gaining Supreme Cout parts.

    Another way to save money is to halt the judiciary's funding of civil legal services groups. The $40 million included in this year's budget for this practice is more than troubling. Such funding implicates violations our State constitution and the separation of powers doctrine. It also gives rise to numerous conflicts of interest that taint the judiciary's ability to remain impartial and independent in the discharge of its primary duty of ajdudicating cases,

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