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Criminal Courts Committee

The Criminal Courts Committee studies the workings of the Criminal Term of the New York State Supreme Court, as well as the New York City Criminal Court. Committee members also actively participate in the City Bar Judiciary Committee's review of judicial candidates. Recent topics addressed by the Committee include the issues of the prosecution's responsibilities under Brady v. Maryland; amending CPL§ 440.10 to include an "actual innocence" prong; the effect of Padilla v. Kentucky on trial court practice; and posting of bail via credit card.

Recent Reports

Report on 2015-16 Executive Budget Proposal, the Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2015 (March 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Grand Jury

Report on 2015-16 Executive Budget Proposal regarding Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility (March 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Raising the Age

Testimony before the NYC Council on Examining the Operations of New York City’s Summons Courts (December 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Summons Parts

For the full list of committee reports click here

Legislative Activity

For more information on the legislative and policy work of the committee, including relevant reports, bill texts and additional advocacy materials, click here.

Of Interest

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Policy Recommendations for New York City's Next Mayor

Vacating Prostitution-Related Convictions for Victims of Sex Trafficking, March 29, 2012 (Podcast) (Event Description)

Related Events

5/29: Justice for the Poor-Fixing a Broken Public Defense System