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Criminal Law Committee

The Criminal Law Committee is devoted to improving the quality, fairness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system in New York and nationally. The Committee is comprised of representatives from various aspects of the criminal justice system, including state and federal prosecutors, public and private defense attorneys, current and former Commissioners of various law enforcement agencies, professors and judges. It advances its agenda through educating the profession on developments and current issues in the criminal law and criminal justice system, proposing and/or advocating for legislation and policy initiatives, and coordinating with other committees on issues that intersect with the criminal law. It also periodically involves itself in active, ongoing cases through amicus briefing. Through its activities, the Committee strives to be an important voice in the leading issues and debates that shape our criminal justice system.


Recent Reports

Amicus Brief: State of New York v. Johnson (NYS Court of Appeals, January 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Disorderly Conduct Statute

Amicus Brief: State of New York v. Thomas (New York State Court of Appeals, December 2013) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Interrogations, False Confessions

Report on the Federal Judiciary Budget 2014 (December 2013) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Federal Judiciary Budget

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.