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Press Releases


~ 2017 ~

Dec. 13 - High-Tech Courtroom Launched in Westchester County Supreme Court

Nov. 28 - Appointments Made to Appellate Term, First Judicial Dept.

Nov. 17 - Judicial Task Force on NY Constitution Reconvenes with Aim to Advance Reforms Via Legislative Process

Nov. 08 - New Measure Announced to Enhance Delivery of Justice in Criminal Cases

Oct. 02 - Upstate Pilot Program to Ensure Poor Defendants’ Right to Counsel at Arraignment

Sep. 26 - New Committee Aims to Promote Court Access for People with Disabilities

Sep. 19 - Court System Receives Grants to Help Combat Opioid Crisis

Sep. 18 - Chief Judge DiFiore Holds Public Hearing on NY's Civil Legal Services Needs

Sep. 11 - Appellate Division, First Dept., to Broadcast Oral Arguments in Real Time

Sep. 06 - Chief Judge Names Emergency Legal Task Force to Assist Harvey Victims

Jun. 29 - NY Courts Adopt Opioid Overdose Prevention Program

Jun. 06 - Chief Judge Expands Mission of NYS Task Force Aimed at Preventing Wrongful Convictions

Jun. 05 - NYC Family Court Becomes NY's Largest Court to Go Fully Digital

Apr. 24 - Court of Appeals to Hold Oral Arguments in White Plains

Mar. 30 - Chief Administrative Judge Marks Announces Two Administrative Appointments

Mar. 24 - NY Courts Announce Plan to Enhance Language Access

Feb. 22 - Chief Judge DiFiore Delivers State of Our Judiciary Address

Jan. 23 - Hon. Ellen Biben Named Administrative Judge of NY County Supreme Court, Criminal Term

Jan. 05 - Thousands of Historic Court Records Moved to NYS Archives


~ 2016 ~

Dec. 16 - New Summons Court Opens in Manhattan

Dec. 14 - Chief Judge DiFiore Forms New LGBT Commission

Nov. 16 - Court System Obtains Grant to Advance Progress in Closing NY's Justice Gap

Nov. 09 - Veterans Court Opens in Staten Island

Nov. 04 - Chief Judge Announces New Initiative to Enhance Justice for Domestic Violence Victims

Sep. 19 - Chief Judge Announces 2016-17 Civil Legal Services Grants

Sep. 08 - Press Advisory: NY Courts to Commemorate 9-11

Jul. 25 - Chief Judge Names Members of New Committee on Evidence

Jul. 19 - Chief Judge Forms Task Force on NYS Constitution

Jul. 18 - Matthew Biben Named to Commission on Judicial Nomination

Jun. 22 - Chief Judge Welcomes Locals to New Brownsville Legal Help Center

June 21 - News Advisory: Chief Judge to Welcome Locals to New Brownsville Legal Center Open House

Jun. 10 - Chief Judge Janet DiFiore Administers Oath of Office to Largest-Ever Graduating Class of New York State Court Officers

May 06 - State’s First Young Adult Court Opens in Brooklyn

May 04 - New Sixth Judicial District Administrative Judge Named

Apr. 12 - Veterans Court Opens in Manhattan

Feb. 10 - Public Information Director for NY State Courts Named

Feb. 02 - New Chair Named for Commission on Children

Press Release Archive


Mission Statement

The Office of Public Information works to provide information about the New York State Unified Court System to both internal and external audiences, principally members of the press. The Office is responsible for preparing and distributing press releases and media advisories concerning NYS UCS events, initiatives, judicial appointments and other newsworthy announcements to local and statewide media outlets. Press Office staff also facilitates and oversees court system press conferences as well as other media events. In addition, it maintains the court system's social media accounts.


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Director of Public Information
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New York Court of Appeals
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Albany, NY 12207
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Public Information Officer
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