The cornerstone of Modern Courts' mission; Modern Courts endorses
the system known as a commission based appointive system"
or "merit selection."
The Committee for Modern Courts supports the New York State Unified
Court System proposal to restructure the states trial court
system to make it more efficient, effective and accessible.
The Committee for Modern Courts strongly supports increasing judicial salaries and creating an appropriate procedure that would ensure judges in New York State receive adequate compensation into the future.
Town and Village Courts
The Committee for Modern Courts supports the Office of Court Administration's
Action Plan for Town and Village Justice Courts. Modern Courts has
formed a Task Force to further study Town and Village Justice
Courts in New York State.
The Committee for Modern Courts is outspoken in its support for
a diverse judiciary. A judiciary which reflects the broad diversity
of the state enhances public confidence in the administration of
Public Defense Commission
The Committee for Modern Courts supports the findings of the Final
Report to the Chief Judge of the State of New York by the Commission
on the Future of Indigent Defense Services.
Rockefeller Drug Laws
The Committee for Modern Courts supports Rockefeller Drug Law reform
that preserves the independence of the judiciary by restoring judicial
discretion in sentencing drug defendants.
Committee for Modern Courts
The Committee for Modern Courts, the lobbying and advocacy affiliate
of the Fund for Modern Courts, is a private, nonpartisan nonprofit
organization organized under § 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue
Code. The Committee lobbies for legislation designed to improve
the administration of justice in New York. Contributions to the
Committee for Modern Courts are not tax-deductible.