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44 Nassau Law. 1 (1996)

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Vol. 44 No.1                                                                                                                      January 1996
!              tW                            Copies of Forensic Reports?
'PiAnother Perspective
LiYj:    By Jo Ann                           T. O'Brien in Nasau Supreme. Although  could notgo unnoticed. Counsel are per-
Browne                              there Is sense to Mr. Mamell's reasoning,  mltted to divulge thecontents to the client
I  1AIt is my beliefwlt a fornsic psychological                                  to the extent necessary to properly repre-
NOVIn the last isue                            report prepard for hesthe             sntheclient. If oneOrboth of the partle
Ofthe   Nassau,       f~~         court,  ato release a copy to the  challenge the report and the cas goes it)
Lautyer, Russell I.                 lawyers is to change things in ways that  trial, counsel are, subject to the discretion
• n    ; Manell presented                 are at once self-defeating and potentially  of the trial judge, then provided with a
the advocates' rea-  I              harmful,                             copy of the report, which must be
son for release of a                   Current policy with regard to forensic  returned to the court at the close of pro-
,-'opy  of  court-                 .reports is generally as stated by Mr. Mar-  c-dlings.
ordered  forensic                   nell. The appointed health care profes-  Although confidentiality issues an
reports In custody cases, In the Supreme  slonal sends thereport to thejudge, and it  lalent, a detailed discussion thereof Is
Court of the State of New York in Nassau  is immediately reviewed in cambem  beyond the scope of this article. Sm, e.g.
County, copies of such reports are not  Next, the lawyers are Invited to read the  Mailer of Bremlan A., 165 Misc.2d 736
normally given to counsel. My views of  report, in a quiet place near chambers,  (Pam. Ct., Monroe Cty. 1995). Generally,
the policy reasons underlying this rule  and to make notes. They arenotexpected  the family membersmarenot patientsof the
have derived from six years of servingas  to transcribe it verbatim; to do so would  evaluator, the evaluation is consensual,
Law Secmlary to the Honorable Edward  be such an enormous undertaking that it           Conlited on sagc 18
High Tech Courtroom To Become A Reality
in Nassau County the twenty-frlst  asoserve the BarAssociation asChalrot  that Judi Goldstein and Mr. t'rtd n
catc ury h, arrived varly, b.ld N,'bau  the Technoloy %sk Forn.v, I tl an offer  ciaut with our Chief Clerk. Richard
County Administrative Judge Leo F.  has ben made to the Bar Asociaton to  Rowan, and our Media and Fducatlon
McGinity at . recent luncheon meeting of  provide theSupreIe Court of ourcounty  Officer, Michael Rich, and of course the
the Justices of theSupreme Court, lhave  witha 'high lech' courtroom without cost  Judges of our court, to design a facility of
en advimdby tlhc Technical Director of  to the court system,         which we will all be proud. As the project
v               the lar Association of Nassau County  After receiving approval from  the  proceeds, I will be kept abreast of its
Roir rnedman, and by on. of our col-  Hn. J   reph J. Traflcanti, Deputy Chief  progress and design, and the advantages
leagues, justice Joeph Goldstein who  Administrative Judge, I have directed  it will oiler to the bench and bar.
.tJon           $it ft    I                                                                                     Judge McGinity spoke last week after
W I1,  4P4                              receiving the approval of Judge traflcan-
Ju                                                               s   I   d        t   d                      t       _ Th p   was generated by dis-
Judgea            Inducte V.cussions between                              Mr. FriLdman, the
Director of Technology of our Electronic
Library and Tech Center, justice Gold-
tein,lanhd Larry Roher, Esq., the gente
man who provided the equipment for the
.4',                    '.          Is     long distance video-computer conference
4                demonstration at the  iar Asociation last
month that included Chief Judge Judith
U   Kaye, justice Guy Mangano, I'rsiding
judge of the Apllae Division, Second
l epartment, and Justice Edward J. Hart
als ( of the Appellate DivLsion, Second
Department Mr. Roher confirmud the
opinion of Justice Goldstein andi Mr.
Friedman that a I ligh Tech Electronic
Courtroonm wa14 a very doable project,
and that he was willing and offered to be
of assistance both in the design and
oblaining the equipment to provision
such a courtnKom. lie aLsoindicated an
interest in providing the on-line service
auote                                                                   r. a itue        for same.
-                         NCBA PresidentElect, the Honorable Frank A. Gulotta, Jr., is pictured  for same
above (second from left) with . to r.) Nassau County Administrative      'lhe '.,k For c will met shortly to
Judge Leo F McGinity, Nassau County Executive Thomas S. Gulotta, and  design criteria and equipment Ists will
Presiding Justice Guy J. Mangano of the Appellate Division, Second     be generated. The Task  orce i s most
Department. On January 4, 1996, Judge Mangano administered the oath    grateful to both Immediate Iast I'rtsident
of office to Judge Gulotta, who was appointed to the County Court last  Grace Moran and Psident William F.
year and elected to that bench In November. Judge Gulotia's brother,   lAvine for their active and continued stp-
Tom, our County Executive, spoke on Frank's behalf. Also Installed that  . (sirt. *.
day were newly elected District Court Judges Michael S. Alonge and
y 0  1   :o,-   George R. Peck.
POn January 3, 1996, Hon, Stephen A. Bucarla, Hon. John P Dunne, Hon.
Ute W. Lally and Hon. Thomas P. Phelan were Installed as Justices of the
Supreme Court. All of the newly installed judges are members of the Nas-
G     J!                    ;W       sau County Bar Association, which presented robes to first-time Jurists
Alonge and Peck.

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