University of Denver

New York Excellence Initiative

In February 2016, Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and the State of New York, announced the launch of the Excellence Initiative, which is designed to “improve all aspects of our system and services towards achieving operational and decisional excellence.”   

The Initiative’s initial focus will center on a detailed evaluation of current court processes with the dual goals of identifying what is working well and what needs improvement. Particular attention will be paid to backlogs and ways in which case management processes can be administered to more effectively solve those problems. The Excellence Initiative is also dedicated to promoting and empowering court leaders and providing them with the resources necessary to realize greater efficiencies and process improvements. 

According to Chief Judge DiFiore: “Everything we do, and every way we do it, is on the table for consideration, and – where we find appropriate opportunities for positive change – we will not hesitate to reallocate our considerable capital – both human and financial – to achieve our goals.”

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