David Bookstaver, Director
Mai Yee, Assistant Director
Date: June 29, 1999
|Judge Juanita Bing Newton Appointed Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives|
|NEW YORK - Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and Chief Administrative
Judge Jonathan Lippman today announced the appointment of Hon. Juanita
Bing Newton to the newly created position of Deputy Chief Administrative
Judge for Justice Initiatives. The appointment, made by Judge Lippman in
consultation with the Presiding Justices of the Appellate Division and
with the approval of Chief Judge Kaye, brings statewide leadership and
coordination to the difficult challenge of ensuring meaningful access to
the justice system for all New Yorkers.
Chief Judge Kaye stated, "Access to the legal system is an inherent right of citizenship, yet far too many New Yorkers are currently denied this right because they lack economic resources. The creation of this new Deputy Chief Administrative Judge position reflects the paramount priority we place on eliminating disparities in access to justice."
Judge Lippman added, "Judge Newton is a superb judge and administrator who has earned the respect of her colleagues and the legal community for her intelligence, energy and commitment. She will be responsible for developing and implementing programs and reforms that expand legal representation and make the courts more accessible, and for providing much needed coordination, policy-making and advocacy at the state level."
Judge Newton will join Judges Joseph Traficanti, Joan Carey and Ann Pfau on the court system's statewide leadership team, which reports to Chief Administrative Judge Lippman. Her duties will include:
The appointment of Judge Newton will take effect July 6, 1999. Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Joan B. Carey will assume the duties of Administrative Judge of the Supreme Court, Criminal Branch, First District, on an interim basis until a successor is appointed.