Date: January 11, 2012
Hon. A. Gail Prudenti
|Hon. Barry Kamins Named Administrative Judge
of NYC Criminal Court
NEW YORK –Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti today announced the appointment of Hon. Barry Kamins as Administrative Judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York. In his new capacity, Judge Kamins will be responsible for overseeing the operations of one of the busiest criminal courts in the country. The appointment was made with the approval of Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and in consultation with the appropriate Presiding Justices of the Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court.
"I am so pleased that Judge Kamins, a distinguished jurist and talented court administrator renowned for his unparalleled expertise in criminal law, has volunteered to take on the critical position of Administrative Judge of New York City Criminal Court," said Judge Prudenti, in announcing the appointment. "Judge Kamins is a highly accomplished member of New York's legal community who over the course of an exemplary career gained prominence both as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney prior to his judicial appointment in 2008. Since 2009, he has served admirably as Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters in Kings County Supreme Court, demonstrating deft management skills and extraordinary leadership qualities. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to benefit from his prodigious talents, vast expertise and steady commitment to the fair administration of justice. Judge Kamins is uniquely qualified to face the challenges of this position, particularly in this time of unprecedented fiscal austerity, and I have no doubt that he will prove an outstanding and effective steward of the New York City Criminal Court."
Appointed to the Criminal Court bench in 2008, Judge Kamins was elevated to Acting Supreme Court Justice in 2009 and named Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters in Kings County Supreme Court, a position he will continue to hold in addition to his new assignment. From 1969 to 1973, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County, rising to the position of Deputy Chief of the Criminal Court Bureau. Before taking the bench, he was a partner in Flamhaft Levy Kamins Hirsch & Rendeiro, LLP, a Brooklyn law firm specializing in criminal defense matters.
Judge Kamins is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School and Fordham University School of Law, where he teaches New York criminal practice. He is the author of New York Search and Seizure, a comprehensive review of New York law on search and seizure issues, and writes the "Criminal Law and Practice" column for the New York Law Journal. Judge Kamins has contributed to numerous legal publications on the subject of criminal law and lectures extensively on the topic. He is a past president of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, current co-chair of the New York State Permanent Sentencing Commission and the Chief Administrative Judge's Advisory Committee on Criminal Law and Procedure, a current member of the New York Justice Task Force, and sits on the New York Law Journal Board of Editors and the Board of Trustees of the Historical Society of the Courts of New York State. Over the years, he has served on various committees focusing on problems in the criminal justice system. Judge Kamins received his bachelor's degree from Columbia College and his Juris Doctor from Rutgers University Law School. His appointment is effective immediately.