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Through the Excellence Initiative, first introduced by former Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, the NYS Unified Court System is committed to achieve and maintain excellence throughout the courts, giving the people of New York the level of justice services they have a right to expect and deserve. This commitment is the motivation behind the Excellence Initiative and the Unified Court System wants to hear from members of the public, judges, jurors, litigants, attorneys and court employees.

The Excellence Initiative involves a detailed and comprehensive evaluation of current court processes and procedures to determine what is working well and what needs to be improved. Please join us in this undertaking by sharing your thoughts, comments or suggestions with us.

You are welcome to submit your comments anonymously, or you may provide your name and email address. Thank you for your input.














Excellence Initiative
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The mission of the Unified Court System (UCS) is to deliver equal justice under the law and to achieve the just, fair and timely resolution of all matters that come before our courts.

In the service of our mission, the UCS is committed to operating with integrity and transparency, and to ensuring that all who enter or serve in our courts are treated with respect, dignity and professionalism. We affirm our responsibility to promote a court system free from any and all forms of bias and discrimination and to promote a judiciary and workforce that reflect the rich diversity of New York State.