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Date: February 4, 2003

Seal of the Unified Court System
Janet DiFore Named Supervising Judge for Criminal Courts in the 9th District
NEW YORK - Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman today appointed Janet DiFiore as Supervising Judge of Criminal Courts in the Ninth Judicial District. The appointment, which takes effect immediately, was made with the approval of Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and in consultation with Presiding Justice A. Gail Prudenti of the Appellate Division, Second Department, as well as after discussions with the Administrative Judge for Courts Outside of New York City,  Joseph J. Traficanti, Jr., and the Administrative Judge for the Ninth District, Francis A. Nicolai.

Judge Lippman said, "Judge DiFiore is preeminently qualified to supervise the criminal courts in the Ninth District due to her experience on the bench handling both felony and misdemeanor matters and her extensive career in the criminal justice arena prior to becoming a judge. She has particular legal expertise with issues of domestic violence and drug abuse, which will be a great asset in our efforts to expand Drug Treatment Courts and Integrated Domestic Violence Courts throughout the Ninth District. Most importantly, Judge DiFiore has earned both the respect and admiration of her colleagues on the bench and in the larger legal community. I welcome Judge DiFiore to her new position and look forward to working with her in the future."

Elected as a judge of the Westchester County Court in 1998, Judge DiFiore has served in the County Court and the Family Court and as an Acting Justice of the State Supreme Court. In the County Court, Judge DiFiore presides over the Superior Court Information Part, handling felony cases, and has handled cases in the Integrated Domestic Violence Part, which has jurisdiction over criminal matters involving domestic violence and all family-related matters. In the Family Court, she presides over the Juvenile Delinquency Part. Prior to her tenure on the bench, Judge DiFiore served for 12 years as an assistant district attorney in Westchester County, and during the last five years there was Chief of the Narcotics Bureau. She also has had experience in the private practice of law, handling criminal matters, civil litigation and elder law matters, and was twice appointed as Deputy Village Counsel in the Village of Bronxville. Judge DiFiore serves as the coordinator for the court system's Access to Justice Initiatives for the Ninth Judicial District, is a member of the Westchester County Criminal Justice Advisory Board and the Westchester County Domestic Violence Council, and served on the Chief Judge's Commission on Drugs and the Courts.

Judge DiFiore replaces Hon. Peter P. Rosato, who has stepped down from this position to focus on his expanded responsibilities in adjudicating tax certiorari matters and Article 81 proceedings. "Judge Rosato has served the Ninth District superbly for the past four years as Supervising Judge of Criminal Courts," noted Judge Lippman. "His contributions have contributed immeasurably to the well-being of the Judiciary and the citizenry of the Ninth District, and for this I thank him."