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Hon. Barry Kamins

The Hon. Barry Kamins is Chief of Policy and Planning for New York State's Unified Court System. He was appointed at the end of 2013 and, in that role, is responsible for working with judges throughout the state to study and develop policies and strategies to improve the delivery of justice in New York. In addition, Judge Kamins oversees the New York City Criminal Court.

Judge Kamins was appointed a Criminal Court Judge by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on September 11, 2008 and was Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters, Second Judicial District from 2009 to 2013. He was elected a Justice of the Supreme Court, effective January 1, 2013.

Judge Kamins is an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School and Fordham Law School where he teaches New York criminal practice. He is the author of New York Search and Seizure and writes the Criminal Law and Practice Column for the New York Law Journal.

From 1969 to 1973, Judge Kamins served as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County where he was Deputy Chief of the Criminal Court Bureau. Before serving as a judge, he was a partner in Flamhaft Levy Kamins Hirsch & Rendeiro, LLP.

Judge Kamins is former President of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and co-chairs the Advisory Committee on Criminal Law and Procedure for the Chief Administrative Judge of New York. Judge Kamins is past Chairman of the Grievance Committee of the 2nd and 11th Judicial Districts. In addition, he is a former member of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board. He is currently a member of the New York Law Journal Board of Editors and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Historical Society of the Courts of New York State. He chaired the State Bar’s Task Force on Wrongful Convictions and is currently a member of the Justice Task Force dealing with wrongful convictions.

Judge Kamins lectures extensively on criminal law for the Office of Court Administration and to prosecutors and defense attorneys. Over the years, he has been appointed by the courts to serve on several committees dealing with problems in the criminal justice system; the Commission on the Future of Indigent Defense Services; the Commission on Drugs and the Courts; the Committee to Promote Public Trust and Confidence in the Legal System; the Committee on Guidelines for Representation of Indigent Defendants; the New York State Task Force on Processing Civilian Complaints by the New York City Criminal Court; and the Assigned Counsel Plan Advisory Committee of the Appellate Division, Second Department.

He received a B.A. from Columbia College and a J.D. from Rutgers University Law School.

Administrative Judge Barry Kamins

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