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Expanding the Pool of Appointments to the Appellate Division

The City Bar recommends broadening and diversifying the pool of justices who are eligible for appointment to the Appellate Division. The present system, which limits the field of potential Appellate Division candidates to elected justices of the Supreme Court, excludes hundreds of highly qualified judges who sit in trial level courts other than the Supreme Court.

The City Bar’s Council on Judicial Administration evaluated the issue of eligibility for appointment to the Appellate Division and concluded that it would be highly desirable to broaden the pool of candidates eligible for gubernatorial appointment. If the pool of eligible candidates included a broader range of trial court judges, the Appellate Division bench would better reflect the full breadth of talent, experience and diversity of New York’s bench and bar.