UCS Mission Statement

NY State SealThe 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.


Hon. Janet DiFiore“The New York State Unified Court System embraces diversity, equity and inclusion as core values−essential to the Judiciary’s mission to deliver fair and timely justice. We are fully committed to providing an inclusive, bias-free environment as we strive to enhance access to justice for all New Yorkers, and to recruit and retain a workforce that reflects the State’s rich diversity.”

Janet DiFiore
Chief Judge, NYS Unified Court System


Recruiting A Diverse Workforce

“Independent Review of Court System Policies, Practices and Programs Yields Recommendations Aimed at Advancing Equal Justice in the New York Courts”

Nov 2021 Year in Review report