NY Chief Judge Floats Overhaul Of 'Outdated' State Courts

Law360 (September 25, 2019, 7:52 PM EDT) -- New York’s chief judge has unveiled a sweeping proposal to reform the Empire State’s courts via constitutional amendment, replacing an “outmoded, fragmented and needlessly complex” system that’s arguably the most byzantine in the U.S. with a simple three-court organizational structure.

Citing overwhelming support from top law firms, general counsel of large New York-based companies and more than 100 legal nonprofits and other organizations, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore said in a statement Wednesday that her reform proposal would help bring New York’s court system — one of the largest in the world — into the 21st century.

“We are long overdue to...

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