Survey on Inequality in the Structure of the NYS Court System

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* 1. Please fill in the following information:

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* 2. Do you identify as any of the following?

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* 3. Please describe the work you do and the population you/your organization serve(s).

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* 4. Please mark all boroughs/counties your organization serves

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* 5. Do you/your organization serve clients in: (check all that apply)

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* 6. Do you think that the structure of the NYS court system perpetuates institutional racism and inequality?

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* 7. Are there specific court policies and practices that RESULT FROM THE COURT STRUCTURE that you can identify that contribute to institutional racism and inequality?

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* 8. If we agree that our structure perpetuates racism and inequality, can policies and practices be effective without changing the structure?

'The sad picture that emerges is, in effect, a second-class system of justice for people of color in New York State. This is not new. In 1991, a Minorities Commission appointed by then-Chief Judge Wachtler declared “there are two justice systems at work in the courts of New York State, one for Whites, and a very different one for minorities and the poor.”' See Special Advisor Equal Justice Report

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* 9. In your experience, does race impact: (check all that apply)

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* 10. Are the different courts employing different ways of conducting remote proceedings that impact litigants differently?

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* 11. Have you noticed disparities in how different courts have implemented health and safety standards during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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* 12. Do you think a simplified (i.e. consolidated or unified) court system, as proposed, would improve existing structures in order to deal with racism and inequality.

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* 13. Do you think a simplified (i.e. consolidated or unified) court system would improve upon existing structures and better enable it to deal with future crises or with sustained impacts of Covid-19?

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* 14. Please offer any additional comments, examples, or recommendations.

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