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.


Press Releases

~ 2023 ~

May 26: Hon. Anil Singh Named to Commission on Judicial Conduct

May 19: First Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Named

May 18: Hon. Judge Joseph A. Zayas Named Chief Administrative Judge

Mar. 27: Blue-Ribbon Panel to Implement Pandemic-Related Innovations

Mar. 21: Veterans Treatment Court Opens in Putnam County

Mar. 16: Bar Admission Questionnaire Changes Announced

Mar. 16: Mid-Manhattan Community Court Expands Operations

Mar. 08: NY Courts’ Equal Justice Initiative Issues Progress Report

Mar. 06: Veterans Treatment Court Opens in Beacon

Feb. 28: Acting Chief Judge Cannataro Delivers 2023 State of Our Judiciary Address

Feb. 24: Albany Family Court Unveils Specially Designed Area for Foster Youth

Feb. 15: New York Courts' Response to the Pandemic - New Report

Jan. 23: Appellate Term Appointments Announced

Jan. 19: Misdemeanor Mental Health Court Opens in Westchester


Press Release Archive

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Media Access: Indictment 71543-2023


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About Us

The Office of Public Information works to provide information about the New York State Unified Court System to both internal and external audiences, principally members of the press. The Office is responsible for preparing and distributing press releases and media advisories concerning NYS UCS events, initiatives, judicial appointments and other newsworthy announcements to local and statewide media outlets. Press Office staff also facilitates and oversees court system press conferences as well as other media events. In addition, it maintains the court system's social media accounts.

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Office Info

Unified Court System - Public Information
25 Beaver Street
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 428-2500


Director of Public Information
Lucian Chalfen - lchalfen@nycourts.gov

Deputy Director of Public Information
Arlene Hackel - AHackel@nycourts.gov