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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

Transition letter to Chief Judge Janet DiFiore offering recommendations to improve the state courts and the judicial system during her term (April 2016) ( PDF format )
Subject area: NYS Judiciary

Letter to AM O’Donnell re. sex offender registration requirements ( PDF format )
Subject area: Sex Offenders

Report on A.7030/S.5169 re: Sealing Misdemeanor Felony Records (July 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Sealing of Criminal Records

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