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Judges will be required to undergo annual bail law training after high-profile issues

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New York judges will now receive annual training on the state’s evolving bail laws, announced Chief Administrative Judge Joseph A. Zayas.

This decision aligns with Governor Kathy Hochul’s critique of judges potentially underutilizing their discretion in bail settings amidst ongoing legal reforms aimed at preventing pretrial detention.

While Hochul vetoed a bill for specific bail law training last December, the Office of Court Administration had already committed to enhancing judicial education on this matter.


The training initiative surfaces as part of a broader discussion on the state’s criminal justice policies, highlighted by recent controversies and tragedies, including the death of NYPD officer Jonathan Diller.

The updated judicial training program mandates varying hours of instruction on bail laws, depending on the judge’s experience, aiming to foster a more informed and effective criminal justice system.

Additional training on pre-trial discovery laws is planned, though no further training for other recently overhauled criminal justice policies was indicated.