Janice Robinson wins civil court primary against Kenneth Gayle

July 2, 2024 Robert Abruzzese, Courthouse Editor
Janice Robinson won the Democratic Primary for a Civil Court Judge seat in Brooklyn's 6th Municipal Court District. With Brooklyn rarely having Republican nominees for judge, Robinson is expected to take the bench in January. Photo courtesy of Janice Robinson
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Attorney Janice Robinson has secured a Civil Court Judge seat in Brooklyn’s 6th Municipal Court District after last week’s primary election.

Robinson, a seasoned civil litigator, beat Kenneth Gayle in the New York Democratic Primary with 72.27 percent of the vote, per the New York City Board of Elections. Robinson garnered 10,820 votes to Gayle’s 3,910 votes, with 98.51 percent of scanners reported.

Robinson, a Bedford-Stuyvesant resident with over 20 years of experience, played up her dedication during her campaign. Often, she credited her early exposure to public service through her uncle, former New York State Assemblymember Nick Perry, now the U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica, for inspiring her to run for public office.

As a civil litigator for major insurance companies, Robinson believes her extensive courtroom experience has prepared her well for the judicial role, highlighting the importance of temperament, professionalism, legal knowledge, and the ability to efficiently manage a heavy caseload. She aims to deliver “fair and equal justice” that is compassionate and considerate of individual circumstances.

Robinson, born and raised in Brooklyn to Jamaican immigrant parents, holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and speech arts from Hofstra University and a juris doctorate from American University Washington College of Law. She lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant with her husband and two teenage children.

Kenneth Gayle, who also has Jamaican heritage, conceded defeat and congratulated Robinson on a well-run campaign.


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