With the prospect of a new administration taking power in Albany and a federal court decision raising questions about the way New York selects judges, a panel appointed by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye is hopeful that the elusive goal of court restructuring is finally on the horizon.

“A lot of people think the sun, moon and stars could be aligned in the next year to get people energized,” said Davis, Polk & Wardwell partner Carey R. Dunne, chairman of the Commission on the Future of the New York State Courts. “Our mission is to come up with a proposed solution that overcomes the systemic complexities and obstacles that have been wrestled with for so many years, and does so in a way that avoids the pitfalls, political and otherwise, that have prevented reform in the past.”

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