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New York's Top Judge is Stepping Down

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New York Court of Appeals chief judge Janet DiFiore.
Credit: Historical Society of the New York Courts

New York's Top Judge is Stepping Down

The chief judge of New York’s highest court says she will step down in the middle of her term.

Judge Janet DiFiore said in a letter to her colleagues that she will step down at the end of August and “move on to the next chapter” of her professional life.

DiFiore has presided over New York’s Court of Appeals and overseen the state court system for the last six years. She’s 66. She did not elaborate on what she planned to do next.

DiFiore had been the district attorney in suburban Westchester County in 2015 when she was nominated to the court by then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo.