Law Day ceremonies see grand opening of new wing at Brooklyn Supreme Court
May 8 at the Brooklyn Supreme Courthouse brought together judges, lawyers, city officials and an entirely brand new wing.
After six years of construction, four new courtrooms and back offices were unveiled along with a new central discovery complex to be used for pre-trial proceedings,; a consolidated facility that is now the largest in New York.
Brooklyn has by far the largest number of pending civil cases [roughly 54,000]. explained Administrative Judge Lawrence Knipel. We hope to greatly expedite cases through the system.
Implementing the use of this facility, dedicated exclusively to pre-trial litigation, will hopefully accelerate movement of trials, he said. We have to find a way to deal with all that volume, Knipel added.
A dedication ceremony in memory of the late Justice Theodore T. Jones, Jr., former associate judge of the Court of Appeals and administrative judge of the New York State Supreme Court, Kings County, also took place.
Making appearances at the very well attended event, according to Knipel, were Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, District Attorney Charles Hynes, Chief Administrative Judge Gail Prudenti, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department Randall Eng, President of the New York State Bar Association Seymour James, and Member of the Court of Appeals Jenny Rivera, among many other City Bar Association members and trial lawyers.
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