Groups Join OCA in Push for More Family Court Judges

, New York Law Journal


Court administrators are getting a helping hand from a coalition of more than 80 legal and community service organizations in selling their top legislative priority for 2014 at the state Capitol.

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    I‘ve been a Family Court Practitioner for almost 22 years (9th Judicial District & NYC), and was a Referee in NYC Family Court for 1 1/2 years...It isn‘t the number of Family Court Judges that‘s important, it‘s the QUALITY of the Judges/Referees that matters..Unfortunately, the NYS Court System is too committed to building more layers of bureaucracy (and shuffling its employees around), rather than bringing in private practitioners, who know how to talk to people (and RESOLVE the cases for them, and RESOLVE them quickly)...However, in counties where the Judges are elected, with today‘s politics in full control of who gets nominated, and who wins (i.e. Democrats), the chances of drawing a high-quality (i.e. someone who has represented clients in Family Court, etc., & who has good social skills) nominee in, is virtually zero...QUALITY should control the selection process; but it no longer has ANY impact in the selection process...More Family Court Judges just means, more politically influential individuals benefit; it does NOT have any connection with the QUALITY of the judges, which is something that the public deserves to have (and probably never will)...

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    Denise Kronstadt

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