Acting Supreme Court Justice Matthew D’Emic (See Profile) has been appointed administrative judge for criminal matters in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn.
D’Emic has replaced Patricia DiMango (See Profile), who resigned in January to star in “Hot Bench” a syndicated television program featuring proceedings before DiMango and two attorneys acting as judges (NYLJ, Jan. 24). “Hot Bench” was created by Judith Sheindlin, the former New York City Family Court judge who has gained stardom as “Judge Judy.”
D’Emic has been sitting in Supreme Court since 1996, when he was appointed to the Court of Claims. He has presided over a specialized felony domestic violence part in Brooklyn Supreme Court since 1998. He is a Brooklyn Law School graduate.
Meanwhile, Acting Justice Danny Chun (See Profile) has been tapped to serve as Brooklyn’s deputy administrative judge for criminal matters. Chun has been a Criminal Court judge since 1999 and an acting Supreme Court justice since 2004, when he was designated to serve in Family Court. He was reappointed to Criminal Court in 2009. He is a Fordham University School of Law graduate.
Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti (See Profile) made the appointments after consulting with Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman (See Profile) and Randall Eng (See Profile), presiding justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department.
Prudenti praised DiMango for her judicial career of nearly 19 years, including her work last year while assigned to a special “blockbuster” part to reduce a felony case backlog in Bronx Supreme Court.