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Administrative Judge of the New York City Family Court

Judge Jeanette Ruiz serves as the Administrative Judge of the New York City Family Court.  Before assuming this position, Judge Ruiz served as the Supervising Judge of Kings County Family Court from 2012 to 2015 and as Deputy Administrative Judge of the New York City Family Court in 2015.  Judge Ruiz was appointed Judge of the New York City Family Court in 2007 and, prior to her appointment as Supervising Judge, Judge Ruiz presided over Juvenile Delinquency, PINS and Child Protective cases in Bronx County Family Court and Kings County Family Court.

Judge Ruiz has over 20 years of experience in the area of child welfare.  She is a former social worker, litigator, and city official.  As General Counsel for a major nonprofit community-based child welfare agency, Judge Ruiz created its first legal department and redesigned its adoption case-flow management to achieve permanency for children in its foster care programs. 

Judge Ruiz has extensive senior level management experience.  After her appointment as a New York City Assistant Corporation Counsel, Judge Ruiz served as Assistant Commissioner of the New York City Department of Business Services where she implemented a citywide affirmative action mayoral initiative for procurement of city goods and services.  Judge Ruiz also served as Deputy General Counsel and Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Administration for Children’s Services.

Judge Ruiz has also participated in numerous panel discussions focused on family law, and has been a presenter at the New York State Judicial Institute on family law topics including “Rights of Non Respondent Parents in Article 10 cases” and “Juvenile Risk Assessment Instruments.”

Judge Ruiz is a member of the New York State Family Court Advisory and Rules Committee, a board member of the Latino Judges Association and a member of the New York City and New York State Family Court Judges Associations.

Judge Ruiz earned a Bachelor’s degree from Hunter College in New York City, a Master’s Degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Michael Coccoma

Information about Judge Ruiz is also available on the Judicial Directory.