First Deputy Chief Administrative Judge

Hon. Norman St. George

Hon. Norman St. George was appointed as First Deputy Chief Administrative Judge, the second-highest ranking administration position within the New York State Judiciary, effective May 19, 2023. The appointment was made by Chief Administrative Judge Joseph A. Zayas, with the consultation and approval of Chief Judge Rowan D. Wilson and in consultation with the Presiding Justices of the Appellate Divisions.  In this capacity and on behalf of the Chief Administrative Judge, Judge St. George oversees all trial-level courts throughout the State, as well as all departments and operations within the Office of Court Administration.  He also directly supervises the courts in the Tenth Judicial District, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Immediately prior to his current position, Judge St. George served as the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Courts Outside of New York City. In that role, he worked with local Administrative Judges in overseeing implementation of the court system’s programs and initiatives and in optimizing allocation of personnel and other court resources to meet the needs and goals of the courts. Additionally, he was responsible for oversight of New York’s Town and Village Courts.

Judge St. George is an elected Justice of the Supreme Court for the 10th Judicial Department.  Judge St. George served as the District Administrative Judge for all courts in Nassau County from 2019 through August of 2021.  In that capacity, Judge St. George oversaw the Supreme Court, County Court, Family Court, Surrogate Court, District Court, and all City and Village Courts.  From 2013 through 2018, Judge St. George served as the Supervising Judge of the Nassau County District Court. The Nassau County District Court is comprised of both criminal and civil courts and it is one of the busiest courts in New York State, handling over one hundred thousand criminal and civil cases each year.  

Judge St. George served as an elected Nassau County Court Judge and an Acting Supreme Court Justice from 2008 to 2018.  In 2018, Judge St. George established Nassau County’s Youth Part under New York State’s Raise the Age Law. While presiding over the Youth Part, Judge St. George published cases of first impression interpreting the Raise the Age Law. As an Acting Supreme Court Justice, Judge St. George presided over serious felony criminal cases, commercial cases, medical malpractice cases, and oversaw the Integrated Domestic Violence Court, the Domestic Violence Court and the Sex Offense Court.

Judge St. George served as an elected District Court Judge from 2004 to 2008.  In addition to presiding over criminal and civil cases, Judge St. George was charged with the responsibility of establishing Nassau County’s first misdemeanor Domestic Violence Court. Judge St. George also established and presided over a Driving While Intoxicated Court.  Judge St. George lectures at the Judicial Institute and at various Bar Associations on criminal and civil trial practice.

Prior to ascending to the bench, Judge St. George practiced law for sixteen years as a federal and state trial attorney. After graduating from Hofstra Law School, he worked as a Tax Attorney with Arthur Anderson and Company.  He then began his litigation training at the Garden City law firm of Reisch, Simoni, Bythewood & Gleason.  Judge St. George handled an extensive caseload of criminal and civil cases, including major Federal criminal and civil RICO actions.

Thereafter, Judge St. George served as an Assistant District Attorney for the County of Nassau under District Attorney Denis Dillon. He served in the District Court Bureau, Felony Screening Bureau, Grand Jury Bureau and County Court Bureau. Judge St. George left the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office to become a partner in the Wall Street firm of Jackson, Brown, Powell and St. George, LLP.  In addition to being responsible for all the firm’s civil litigation, Judge St. George served as the managing partner.  Judge St. George next established his own law firm with offices in Mineola and Manhattan. Judge St. George successfully tried numerous federal and state criminal cases, federal copyright infringement cases, commercial litigation cases, and personal injury cases. Two of Judge St. George’s trial verdicts were reported by the Jury Verdict Reporter. While a practicing attorney, Judge St. George frequently appeared on Court Television as a trial commentator.


Information about Judge St. George is also available on the Judicial Directory.