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It has now been 4 years since we last took a look on New York Court Watcher. (See notes and links at the end of this post.) We found that the Court under the then-new Chief Judge, Jonathan Lippman, had apparently adopted a policy of granting more criminal leaves than the Court had been doing in the preceding several years.
The resulting increase was stark:
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2009 was Lippman's 1st year. (Actually, his 1st partial year, inasmuch as it was Feb. 11 when he took his seat on the Court.) Graph 1 shows what the contrast looked like at the end that year. As we saw 4 years ago, CLA grants by the Court's Judges rose dramatically, and did so right away.
Lippman had expressed concern, shortly after his appointment, about the Court's reduced criminal leave grants in previous years. He made clear that he intended to do something about it. He obviously did.
But what has happened since? Was the increase in 2009 just a one-time spurt? Well, let's take a look.
As shown in Graph 2, the increased CLA grants that began in Lippman's 1st year has continued. Indeed, each of the following years has seen an even greater number of grants than in 2009.
[N.B. The figure for 2013 is a projection based on the data available for the year at this time.]