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Chief Judge's 2017 State of Our Judiciary Address

The State of Our Judiciary 2017: Chief Judge Janet DiFiore - with picture of Bronx Hall of Justice

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Chief Judge Janet DiFiore in delivering her first “State of Our Judiciary”, becomes the fourth appointed Chief Judge of the State of New York to formally deliver a State of the Judiciary message.


Audience listens as Chief Judge delivers the State of Our Judiciary addressChief Judge Janet DiFiore delivers her first annual "State of Our Judiciary" address to more than 500 guests in the Jury Assembly Room of the Bronx County Hall of Justice. The address focused on the progress of Court System's Excellence Initiative.

In the thirty two years since Chief Judge Sol Wachtler, in April 1985, delivered the first State of the Judiciary in the Assembly Chamber before a joint session of the State Legislature, not much has changed in the address itself, as its goal is to account for the stewardship of the Third Branch of State Government.

refurbished clockAfter being broken for more than a generation, the 77 year old cast iron clock in the main hall of 100 Centre Street – New York County Criminal Court - has been repaired.

While there is no requirement for an annual address, since Chief Judge Wachtler delivered his State of the Judiciary in 1985, succeeding Chief Judges Kaye and Lippmann have delivered annual addresses without fail. 

This year, Chief Judge DiFiore chose to deliver her address in the Bronx Hall of Justice, ground zero for her Excellence Initiative: to aggressively address the backlogs and delays, along with analyzing the case management processes in place throughout the State.

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