By Charisma L. Miller, Esq
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The November 6, 2012 election ushered in a second term for President Barack Obama and a third role for respected Justice Barry Kamins.
In the general election, Justice Kamins was elected to serve as a Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice. He is currently the administrative judge for the Criminal Court of the City of New York and the administrative judge for criminal matters for the Second Judicial District.
Last week, Chief Administrative Judge Gail Prudenti also promoted Justice Kamins to the role of acting administrative judge for civil matters for the Second Judicial District.
"Justice Kamins has graciously consented to assume it temporarily, in addition to his other duties, until candidates can be properly vetted and a final appointment made," Prudenti said in a statement.
Justice Kamins assumed his new role after Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix, the former administrative judge for civil matters, advanced to the Appellate Division, Second Department.
While the roles of Justice Kamins may seem abundant, Justice Kamins does not intend to seek a permanent appointment to his administrative post in the Civil Term, and he will not receive extra compensation for his additional administrative positions.
Appellate Division Justice Cheryl Chambers and Justice William Miller, the supervising judge for Brooklyn’s Criminal Term, were also elected to serve as a Brooklyn Supreme Court justices.
Justice Miller said in a New York Law Journal interview that he decided to run for Supreme Court so he could stay on the bench past the end of 2013, the year he turns 70. Rules governing judgeships allow elected justices to seek three 2-year term extensions.
These extensions allow justices to serve until they are 76, barring any physical or mental disabilities. Unlike elected justices, judges who are appointed are required to retire once they turn 70 years of age.
Rounding out the list of justices elected in Brooklyn are Hon. Robin S. Garson and newcomer Craig Walker.