The state’s Commission on Judicial Nomination recently announced that it is seeking recommendations and applications for the state’s next Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court. The Chief Judge presides over the seven-member Court of Appeals, and also oversees the administration of the state’s judicial system. Terms on the Court of Appeals are for 14 years, though its judges are required by law to retire at the end of the year they turn 70.
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, who must retire at the end of this year because of his age, was appointed by Gov. David Paterson in 2009.
The Commission said that it will nominate seven candidates it deems well qualified for Gov. Cuomo to choose from. The governor’s nominee is subject to Senate confirmation.