Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Task Force recommends expansion, revamp of NY Commercial Division

A commission headed by former Chief Judge Judith Kaye has  recommended in a report that New York add six new Court of Claims judges for assignment to the Supreme Court's Commercial Division and increase the monetary threshold from its current $150,000 to $500,000.  The blue ribbon Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21st Century provides important backing for Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman in his struggle with the Legislature for adequate funding of a state court system whose deficiencies include woefully inadequate indigent defense in criminal cases.

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