Stroock Special Bulletin
“U.S. Supreme Court Upholds New York State’s Judicial Selection Process”
Last month, the United States Supreme Court, in a rare (these days) unanimous decision, reversed the lower courts and upheld the constitutionality of New York’s system for selecting state Supreme Court Justices (as trial and lower appellate court judges are called here). Undeterred by the rout, opponents of the current system have signaled their intention to continue the lawsuit and also lobby the New York Legislature to do what the Supreme Court declined to do – dismantle a system instituted by the New York Legislature in 1921, which has served New Yorkers well for the past 87 years.