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If you want to become a state court judge in New York it is simple. If you want to be a town or village judge, you need not attend or graduate from law school or pass the bar exam. You need not go through a character and fitness review. You can be a barber or a gas station attendant. Fifty-nine percent of the approximately 2,300 town and village justices in New York are not attorneys. While these facts involving these colonial courts are startling enough, a far more vexing concern is how one becomes a state court judge and what these judges do once they get there.

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