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Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks.

New York has the nation’s most complex court structure, with 11 separate trial courts. This unwieldy structure makes effective administration of justice far more difficult and meaningful access to justice far less attainable for litigants in our state’s courts. The Unified Court System remains committed under the Excellence Initiative to doing all it can to continue achieving efficiencies and upgrading the quality of justice we deliver. It is abundantly clear, however, that the current court structure frustrates those goals, does not serve the public well and, critically important, increases the costs of litigation in the state courts.

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