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Date: June 29, 1999

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Judge Juanita Bing Newton Appointed Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives
NEW YORK - Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman today announced the appointment of Hon. Juanita Bing Newton to the newly created position of Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives. The appointment, made by Judge Lippman in consultation with the Presiding Justices of the Appellate Division and with the approval of Chief Judge Kaye, brings statewide leadership and coordination to the difficult challenge of ensuring meaningful access to the justice system for all New Yorkers.

Chief Judge Kaye stated, "Access to the legal system is an inherent right of citizenship, yet far too many New Yorkers are currently denied this right because they lack economic resources. The creation of this new Deputy Chief Administrative Judge position reflects the paramount priority we place on eliminating disparities in access to justice."

Judge Lippman added, "Judge Newton is a superb judge and administrator who has earned the respect of her colleagues and the legal community for her intelligence, energy and commitment. She will be responsible for developing and implementing programs and reforms that expand legal representation and make the courts more accessible, and for providing much needed coordination, policy-making and advocacy at the state level."

Judge Newton will join Judges Joseph Traficanti, Joan Carey and Ann Pfau on the court system's statewide leadership team, which reports to Chief Administrative Judge Lippman. Her duties will include:

  • Establishing permanent, stable new funding sources for civil legal services and the 18-B Assigned Counsel Program in criminal cases, and gaining legislative and public support for the Judiciary's proposals relating to access matters.
  • Recommending and implementing measures to increase government and private funding for legal services organizations, broadening and diversifying funding sources and building productive relationships with legal services providers.
  • Working closely with the organized bar to increase pro bono participation and facilitating the establishment of court-based and pro bono programs to assist self-represented litigants.
  • Undertaking a comprehensive controlled statistical study that demonstrates the extent and consequences of unmet legal needs in New York State.
  • Developing and coordinating community outreach initiatives designed to broaden access and improve public understanding of the legal system.
Judge Newton has been the Administrative Judge for the Supreme Court, Criminal Branch, First Judicial District, for the last four years and an Acting Justice in this court since 1987. She is a Court of Claims Judge and formerly was the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for New York City Courts and a prosecutor in the Bronx District Attorney's Office. A long- time member of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, she also serves on the New York State Violence Against Women Advisory Board and the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section, and was a founding member of the Franklin Williams Judicial Commission on Minorities in the Courts. A graduate of the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and Northwestern University, Judge Newton is a frequent lecturer at judicial training seminars on judicial ethics and race and gender issues.

The appointment of Judge Newton will take effect July 6, 1999. Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Joan B. Carey will assume the duties of Administrative Judge of the Supreme Court, Criminal Branch, First District, on an interim basis until a successor is appointed.

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