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COURT ORDERS - OCTOBER 2020
 
October 30, 2020
Please see the amended New Auction Rules for the Ninth Judicial District (effective October 15, 2020).
 
October 27, 2020
In recognition of National Pro Bono Celebration Week, the New York State Court System’s Office for Justice Initiatives, New York State Bar Association, and New York County Lawyers Association will conduct a virtual awards ceremony this Thursday (10/29) at 6:30 PM honoring attorneys for their pro bono service. To learn more, please read this press release
 
October 26, 2020
The Westchester County Bar Association (WCBA) has announced its candidate rankings for various judicial offices in connection with the November 3, 2020 general election, with early voting already underway.  The WCBA Executive Committee has confirmed the report of the Judiciary Committee’s findings.
 
Every year, the WCBA’s Judiciary Committee meets prior to each annual election to interview candidates who have completed an extensive questionnaire. The qualifications of these candidates are reviewed, as well as state records concerning ethics and judicial conduct. These ratings are conducted annually as a service to our members and the general public.
 
The Westchester County Bar Association Committee on the Judiciary screened the following Candidates for judicial office, reviewed their written submissions, conducted in-person interviews and reached the following findings:
 
New York State Supreme Court - Ninth Judicial District

Exceptionally Well Qualified
Hon. Sam D. Walker
                                                        
Well Qualified
Hon. David V. Hasin
Hon. E. Loren Williams
Hon. Richard J. Guertin                                                
Alexandra D. Murphy
Robert Ondrovic
 
Westchester County Court
 
Exceptionally Well Qualified
Hon. Michelle Schauer
Hon. Nilda Morales-Horowitz
 
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Explanation of Judicial Ratings:
 
Exceptionally Well Qualified: Candidate has the highest qualifications for the judicial bench he/she is seeking.
Well Qualified: Candidate has significant qualifications for the judicial bench he/she is seeking.
Qualified: Candidate has the character, temperament, professional aptitude and experience which are requisites for the judicial bench that he/she is seeking.
Meets Minimum Requirements: Candidate has no significant negative impediment but lacks some important qualification for the judicial bench that he/she is seeking.
Not Qualified: Candidate has some characteristic which would indicate that the person is a poor choice for the judicial bench he/she is seeking.
Failure to Appear: Any candidate who fails to appear will be rated Not Qualified by Failure to Appear or, where appropriate, Not Qualified. No candidate may withdraw from the interview process or decline a rating.

Please click HERE for a video message from Chief Judge DiFiore regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic and the New York State Courts.
 
For a transcript of the Chief Judge's message, please click HERE.
 
October 19, 2020
Please click HERE for a video message from Chief Judge DiFiore regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic and the New York State Courts.
 
For a transcript of the Chief Judge's message, please click HERE.

Please see Hon. Kathie E. Davidson's latest Administrative OrderRIOP Summary 1RIOP Summary 2Form 1and Form 2 for the Ninth Judicial District.
 
October 15, 2020
There has been an in-depth review of New York State Courts' policies, practices, rules and programs as they relate to issues of racial and other bias. To learn more, please read this press release
 
October 12, 2020
Please click HERE for a video message from Chief Judge DiFiore regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic and the New York State Courts.
 
For a transcript of the Chief Judge's message, please click HERE.
 
October 6, 2020
Please view this Press Release and News Advisory introducing the 9th JD Faith Based Court Access Initiative. Announced by Chief Judge DiFiore last Friday, October 2, and led by the Hon. Kathie E. Davidson, 9th JD Administrative Judge in partnership with Westchester County Executive, George Latimer, and faith leaders throughout the county, this great initiative enhances remote access to the courts and legal services to the underserved communities.
 
October 5, 2020
Please click HERE for a video message from Chief Judge DiFiore regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic and the New York State Courts.
 
For a transcript of the Chief Judge's message, please click HERE.

 

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