New York state’s chief judge praises judges for handling pandemic challenges

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New York’s Chief Judge Janet DiFiore released a Christmas message recently, which gave an update on how courts are faring during the pandemic.

She praised judges and court staff for a high vaccination rate and the flexibility they show in handling both in person and virtual court hearings.

DiFiore is still pressuring the state Legislature to change the six-foot rule in courthouses, so they can have more room for jury trials.

She also pointed out the family court staff for its dedication during a difficult year.

"It’s impossible not to feel positive and optimistic about our future when we have so many dedicated judges and staff doing their level best every single day to see that justice is done and going above and beyond the call of duty to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our litigants, including, and especially, families and children who need our services," said DiFiore.

DiFiore says the efficiency of virtual court hearings in some cases will continue.