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The Judicial Institute provides statewide education and training for the judges and justices of the New York State Unified Court System. Created through a unique partnership between the court system and Pace Law School, the Institute provides a forum for judicial scholarship that includes continuing education seminars and conferences, as well as cooperative education programs with other state and federal judicial systems and related endeavors.

Important JI News: The 2021 Virtual Judicial Summer Seminar

The 2021 Virtual Judicial Summer Seminar starts on June 16, 2021, with session offerings continuing through August 31, 2021. The Judicial Institute will broadcast daily sessions on a wide array of subjects: criminal, civil, family, matrimonial, housing, surrogate's practice, substance abuse and commercial sexual exploitation. All sessions will be presented from 1:00 pm-2:15 pm.

These sessions are pre-recorded. If you cannot view a session on the actual broadcast date, you may view the session later on the Judicial Institute’s web pages.

These sessions are not eligible for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit. All sessions are eligible for Continuing Judicial Education (CJE) credit.

The Tuesday and Thursday “lunch and learn” broadcasts will resume in September 2021.

Live Technology Training Series

NYS Office of Court Administration’s Division of Technology and Court Research will be presenting a
Live Technology Training Series on the following Wednesdays from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm:

05/05/21 Teams Overview for Virtual Appearances
05/12/21 Laptops 101
05/19/21 Court Research Reporting and Dashboards
05/26/21 EDDS (Electronic Document Delivery Service)
06/09/21 Editing PDFs

New York State Evidence: A Closer Look

This series examines the fundamental rules and concepts that govern how evidence is presented and how witnesses are examined at hearings and trials. Parts 1 - 5 of this series are available to view at:

New York State Evidence: A Closer Look

Farewell to Dean Newton

Damaris Torrent, Judicial Institute Chief of Staff, the entire JI staff, and John Caher, Director of the Courts Amici Podcasts, present a farewell interview with Judge Juanita Bing Newton, Dean of the Judicial Institute. Dean Newton's retirement on December 30, 2020 represents the culmination of 35 years of distinguished court service.

This interview can be accessed at the following link:
Judge Newton's Interview      Interview Transcript

Chief Judge DiFiore on Judge Newton's Retirement

Press Release Announcing Judge Newton's Retirement

Judicial Institute Courses, Videos, and Materials

JI Courses: Only judges, justices, and attorneys of the New York State Unified Court System (UCS) are authorized to view Judicial Institute courses. The credentials used to access Judicial Institute courses may not be shared with individuals who are not UCS employees.

Accessing Online Videos: Judicial Institute videos are best viewed on a fast and secure web browser, e.g., Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Firefox.

Copyright: All Judicial Institute videos and materials are subject to copyright law.
Questions regarding the use and/or sharing of Judicial Institute videos and materials
should be directed to

Judicial Institute Course Catalog

Course Catalog

The course catalog is a valuable resource that contains all of the Judicial Institute’s pre-recorded educational programs and covers a wide variety of procedural and substantive topics that are useful to judges and court attorneys. Most of the programs contained in the course catalog are eligible for CLE credit.

Newly Added JI Programs

2021 Educational Broadcasts

Live Technology Training Series

Managing Your Mental Health and Well-being as a Court Attorney
During Stressful Times at Home and Work

2021 Court Attorney Referees CLE Program

Judicial Performance and Stress Can Be Managed by Mindfulness:
A Presentation by Judge Jeremy Fogel

The New Child-Parent Security Act, Parts 1 and 2

A Review and Analysis of the New Uniform Rules

New York State Evidence: A Closer Look

CPLR Basics Series

2020 ADR Training Programs

Skills-Based Programs for the Physical and Virtual Courtroom

2021 Educational Broadcasts

The Tuesday and Thursday Lunch and Learn broadcasts are pre-recorded, unless otherwise noted. These programs may also be viewed on the Judicial Institute’s Course Catalog.

CLE-eligible programs are clearly identified.

05/27/21 Cannabis Law: The Basics and Recent Developments
05/25/21 Vacating Default Judgments 2021
05/20/21 Maintaining the Status Quo: New York’s Provisional Remedies, Part 2
05/18/21 An Overview of Gun Control in New York: A Backdrop to Libertarian Party v. Cuomo
05/13/21 Considerations and Tips for Assessing a Name Change Application, Part II
05/11/21 Considerations and Tips for Assessing a Name Change Application, Part I
05/06/21 The New Financial Eligibility Standards for Assigned Counsel in Family Court
05/04/21 Open Meetings Law
04/29/21 Decision Writing as a Case Management Tool
04/27/21 Introduction to Art Law – An Overview of Legal Issues Impacting Artists and the Art Market
04/22/21 Search and Seizure: Update on Arrests, Search Warrants, and Automobiles
04/20/21 Willfulness and Purge Amounts
04/15/21 Update on SIJS and the Detained Parent Directive
04/13/21 Confidentiality in the Courts
04/08/21 Marital Agreements in the Surrogate's Court
04/06/21 The Role of the Temporary Receiver in Foreclosure Proceedings
04/01/21 Jury Bias in Civil Cases
03/30/21 How to Avoid Judicial Discipline
03/25/21 Maintaining the Status Quo: New York’s Provisional Remedies, Part 1
03/23/21 The New Virtual Bench Trials Handbook – Views from the Bench, Part 2
03/18/21 The New Virtual Bench Trials Handbook – Views from the Bench, Part 1
03/16/21 Grand Jury 101
03/11/21 The New Child-Parent Security Act, Part 2
03/09/21 The New Child-Parent Security Act, Part 1
03/04/21 Mediating in MHL Article 81 Guardianship Proceedings
03/02/21 Judicial Ethics Developments
02/25/21 Introduction to Serious Injury Motions
02/23/21 Emerging Evidentiary Issues in the Digital Age
02/18/21 The Ethics of Electronic Information
02/16/21 The Impact of Implicit Bias in Sentencing
02/11/21 CPLR Basics, Part 2
02/09/21 CPLR Basics, Part 1
02/04/21 Trial Issues: Dealing with Lesser Included Offenses
02/02/21 Achieving Excellence in Parent Education in New York
01/28/21 Search Warrants for Digital Data
01/26/21 Use of Subpoenas 2021
01/21/21 An Overview of the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019
01/19/21 Molineux Case Law Update 2020
01/14/21 Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings:
                Pretrial Discovery and Suppression Law and Procedures-Part 2
01/12/21 Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings:
                Pretrial Discovery and Suppression Law and Procedures-Part 1

CPLR Basics Series

Please check the Judicial Institute website periodically for new programs in this series.
Each part of the series is eligible for CLE credit.

Commencing the Civil Action 
Service of Process and the Defendant's Response to Being Served 
Statute of Limitations 
Provisional Remedies 

2020 ADR Training Programs

11/02/20 Part 146 Webinar for ADR Coordinators
11/02/20 ADR Ethics Program: Implicit Bias in New York State Courts
11/02/20 Roster Mediation Programs: What Is Available and How Do They Work?
11/02/20 10 Tips for Managing Rosters of Neutrals
11/02/20 Referring ADR Cases to your Community Dispute Resolution Center:
                An Introduction for Court Staff
11/02/20 Managing High Conflict Litigants

Skills-Based Programs for the Physical and Virtual Courtroom

10/08/20 Landlord and Tenant Law: Trials, Motions and the Housing Stability and
                Tenant Protection Act of 2019
08/31/20 Best Practices for Conducting a Civil Bench Trial
07/31/20 Tips and Strategies for a Virtual Appearance in Family Court
07/21/20 Remote Criminal Proceedings in the Age of COVID-19: Experiences from the Trenches
07/09/20 Disability Issues in the Physical and Virtual Courtroom
05/27/20 Tips on Managing Your Judicial Workload From Home
05/19/20 Alternative Dispute Resolution in the NYS Courts: 2020 Updates
                Part I: The Tools of Settlement in a Virtual Space

Programs of Interest

Meet Your Presiding Justices Interview Series

Women Leaders in the Courts Interview Series

Judicial Wellness Series