Top NY Judge Orders Independent Review Of Court System

first_imgStock Image.ALBANY – The top Judge in New York has commissioned an independent review of state justice system policies, procedures, and practices as part of ongoing efforts to advance equality under the law.Judge Janet DiFiore. Image via NYCourts.gov.Spurred by George Floyd’s impact across the country, Judge Janet DiFiore announced Tuesday the evaluation of the court system as a response to questions of institutional racism.Jeh Johnson—a lawyer who served as Secretary of Homeland Security and General Counsel for the Department of Defense under Obama—has been named Special Adviser on Equal Justice in the Courts, and will lead the in-depth review process.Johnson’s independent review will thoroughly reexamine (and include recommendations about revising or expanding where appropriate): Policies, programs, and practices that address or are affected by racism or racial biasesThe structures, operations, and effectiveness of efforts to address systemic or implicit biasBias education and racial justice training practices for judges and personnelFairness, equity, and inclusiveness of selecting and appointing officers and employeesOperational issues within the power of the court system to implement Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img

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