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NCJ Number: 77282 Find in a Library
Title: Administrative Structure of the New York State Court System
Corporate Author: National Ctr for State Courts
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 136
Sponsoring Agency: National Ctr for State Courts
North Andover, MA 01845
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report describes the organization and structure of the New York State Office of Court Administration, recommends steps regarding reorganization, and details the legal authority governing court administration.
Abstract: Authority for administrative supervision of the court system is vested in the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. It is recommended that existing legal authorities be systematically reviewed to clarify ambiguities, eliminate contradictions, and resolve inconsistencies regarding court system administration. There should be frequent meetings of the judicial conference to establish communications among judges, the bar, and court managers. The Chief Judge appoints the Chief Administrator of the Courts with the advice and consent of the board. The Chief Administrative Judge supervises the administration and operation of the unified court system. Currently, there are two Deputy Chief Administrative Judges, one for the courts within New York City and one for the remaining courts. Counsel is responsible to the Chief Administrative Judge for providing confidential legal advice relating to policy formulation, program implementation, and representation of the court system. It is suggested that counsel's apparent view of the role is that of a supervisor who delegates all legal work to subordinates. This view is in contradiction to the job specification for counsel's position and should be changed. The office has done much to improve the usefulness of budget information and documentation and appears to have been successful in implementing a unified budget. Among other administrative areas discussed are education and training, employee relations, public information, and planning. Figures and an appendix are included.
Index Term(s): Court management; Court structure; National Center for State Courts (NCSC); New York; State courts
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