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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 2020 Virtual Judicial Seminar

The 2020 Virtual Judicial Seminar (see link below) resumes September 8, 2020, with course offerings continuing through December 2020. The Judicial Institute will broadcast daily sessions on a broad array of subjects, criminal and civil.

These sessions are pre-recorded, unless otherwise noted. If you cannot view the program on the initial broadcast date, the program may be viewed later on the Judicial Institute’s web pages.

CLE-eligible sessions are clearly identified.

The regular Tuesday and Thursday Lunch and Learn broadcasts will resume in January 2021.

Summer 2020 Virtual Plenary and Breakout Sessions

Meet Your Presiding Justices Interview Series

View Interview Series

Women Leaders in the Courts Interview Series

View Introduction by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and Interview Series

Judicial Institute Videos and Materials

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

Judicial Wellness Programs

Starting June 1, 2020
Judicial Wellness Series

Skills-Based Programs for the Physical and Virtual Courtroom

These programs are not eligible for CLE credit (unless otherwise noted).

Monday, August 31, 2020
Best Practices for Conducting a Civil Bench Trial
This program runs for approximately 75 minutes.

Friday, July 31, 2020
Tips and Strategies for a Virtual Appearance in Family Court
This program runs for approximately 40 minutes.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Remote Criminal Proceedings in the Age of COVID-19: Experiences from the Trenches
This program runs for approximately 75 minutes.

Thursday, July 9
Disability Issues in the Physical and Virtual Courtroom

Wednesday, May 27
Tips on Managing Your Judicial Workload From Home

Tuesday, May 19
Alternative Dispute Resolution in the NYS Courts: 2020 Updates
Part I: The Tools of Settlement in a Virtual Space

Course Catalog & Upcoming Broadcasts

Course Catalog

The course catalog contains hundreds of pre-recorded educational programs covering 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.

Upcoming Broadcasts

All programs are pre-recorded and approximately 60 minutes in length (unless otherwise noted).
The programs will be available by 1:00 p.m. on the date indicated.
All programs broadcast prior to August 2020 are available in the course catalog.

Tuesday, August 4
An Examination of Title VII including the U.S. Supreme Court’s Recent Title VII Jurisprudence

Thursday, August 6
Child Support Law Update 2020

Tuesday, August 11
The Impact of COVID-19 on Employment Law in New York, Part 1

Thursday, August 13
The Impact of COVID-19 on Employment Law in New York, Part 2

Tuesday, August 18
Employment Agreements in the Time of COVID-19

Thursday, August 20
Recent Developments in Elder Law and COVID-19's Impact on Elder Law Practice, Part 2

Tuesday, August 25
The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019: What Have We Learned and How is it Working?

Thursday, August 27
Commercial Landlord-Tenant Issues During the Pandemic
This program runs for approximately 75 minutes.