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Chief Judge Janet DiFiore hears arguments at the Court of Appeals in 2016. (Photo: Tim Roske)

New York Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janet DiFiore has discouraged justices in the Supreme Court’s appellate departments from sending cases to the high court in a dramatic departure from her predecessor’s practice.

DiFiore demonstrated her intent to control her court’s docket—realized in 2017 with a sharp decline in the number of appeals heard—early in her tenure as chief judge.

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Colby Hamilton

B. Colby Hamilton is a litigation reporter for the New York Law Journal and Law.com.

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Susan DeSantis is the deputy editor-in-chief of the New York Law Journal. She can be reached at [email protected] Twitter: @sndesantis

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