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December 01, 2021 - Press Release
New Administrative Judge Named in Nassau County

November 30, 2021
Historical Society of the New York Courts Features the Lemmon Slave Case Exhibit
White Plains, New York


The Historical Society of the New York Courts announced that they, in collaboration with the New York State Courts, began a two-year tour to 45 courthouses across New York State of The Lemmon Case: 1852-1860, A Prelude to the Civil War. This panel exhibit of the landmark Court of Appeals case features a video narration by James Earl Jones with an introduction by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore.

The exhibit is intended to educate the public on the role of the New York courts in paving the way for the abolition of slavery, as their ruling helped free eight enslaved young women and children who sailed into New York harbor with their owners from Virginia. The ruling was in direct conflict with the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision of 1857, and represented the strongest statement made against slavery by any court in the United States prior to the Civil War. The exhibit is currently on display in the lobby of the Putnam County Courthouse and will remain there until it travels to its next stop, the Dutchess Family Court, arriving on December 13, 2021.

The exhibit, including the video and the tour schedule, can be viewed online by visiting the Historical Society’s website at

The Historical Society of New York Courts is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 by then New York State Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye. Its mission is to preserve, protect and promote the legal history of New York, including the proud heritage of its courts and the development of the Rule of Law.



November 17, 2021
New Report Documents Progress to Advance Courts’ Equal Justice Initiative: Press Release | Report

November 08, 2021 - Press Release
New Administrative Judge Named in Bronx County

Eric Garner Inquiry:
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October 13, 2021 - Press Release
Administrative Judge Appointed in Ninth Judicial District

October 7, 2021 - Press Release
New Administrative Judge Named for NYC Family Court

October 1, 2021 - Press Release
New Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Named for NYC Courts

September 29, 2021 - Press Release
New Video Instructs NY Jurors on Hidden Bias

September 22, 2021 - Press Release
New Cayuga County Court Addresses Opioid Crisis

September 21, 2021
Statewide Eviction Filing Data Now Online

September 15, 2021
Digital Archive Documents Experiences of NYS Judges, Staff Amid the Pandemic

September 13, 2021
The Chief Judge’s Annual Hearing on Civil Legal Services in New York will be livestreamed, starting at 1:00 p.m.


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September 08, 2021 - Press Release
Chief Judge Announces Judiciary Civil Legal Services Program Grants  


Aug. 2021 to Mar. 2020

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"The New York State Court System provides essential justice services to the people of the State of New York. As we resume in-person operations Statewide to include non-essential matters, all essential functions of the courts remain available to ensure that New Yorkers may access the justice system during this extremely challenging time."
- Chief Judge DiFiore

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