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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

Court of Appeals Ruling Regarding Due Process Rights of Immigrant Defendants in People v. Peque (February 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Non-citizen Defendants

Report on A.6799/S.4483 which would require judges to consider public safety as a factor in setting bail (July 2013) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Bail, Public Safety as a Factor

Letter to members of the House Judiciary Committee opposing provisions of the SAFE Act that would restrict local efforts to limit the impact of immigration detainers on criminal justice resources (June 2013) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Immigration Detainers

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
(PDF)

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