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Union Leaders Judge Court Consolidation Unfavorably

Posted 12/2/19

Several leaders of unions representing court employees said they were not consulted about a proposal to consolidate the state’s trial courts, and one longtime union president characterized recent discussions with representatives from the Office of Court Administration as “unproductive.”

As proposed by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, the plan, which would require amending the state Constitution, would consolidate the state’s 11 trial courts by merging Claims, County, Surrogate and Family Courts, as well as their Judges and  jurisdictions, into six divisions of a newly constituted Supreme Court. It would also fuse District and city courts into a new municipal courts system.

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