June 22, 2020: Message from Chief Judge DiFiore

On June 22, NYS Chief Judge Janet DiFiore provided this video update in which she felt encouraged by the progress of the State’s reopening process, but noted that there continue to be public health concerns, particularly in high traffic courthouses. Chief Judge DiFiore notes that the Unified Court System continues to consult with an epidemiologist to develop new protocols in the courthouses as in-person work increases. She specifically speaks about new protocols for Housing Courts.

Chief Judge DiFiore also speaks about the Commission to Reimagine the Future of New York’s Courts, which convened to formulate a comprehensive, long-term vision for how the Unified Court System can leverage technology, online platforms, and other innovations to expand access to justice and improve delivery and quality of justice services.

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