Justice Matthew D'Emic `77 was recently appointed by NYS Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti as Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters in NYS Supreme Court, Kings County. Justice Prudenti noted that Justice D’Emic’s “admirable qualities, coupled with his strong management abilities and broad and deep knowledge of the criminal justice system, make him ideally suited to take on this challenging judicial assignment, overseeing one of the busiest criminal courts in the country.
Justice D’Emic is currently an Acting Supreme Court Justice in Kings County, as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Law at BLS, where he teaches in the Judicial Clerkship Externship Clinic. He joined the bench in 1996 when he was appointed a judge of the Court of Claims. In 1998, he was selected to oversee a specialized felony domestic violence part in Kings County Supreme Court.
His expertise was tapped again in 2002 when he took over the Kings County Supreme Court’s Mental Health Court, an alternative-to-incarceration court targeting mentally ill offenders and the first of its kind in the state. Today there are close to 30 Mental Health Courts in operation across the state. He has also written numerous articles for publications including The Health Care Journal and the Psychiatric Journal.
Justice D’Emic began his legal career at a law firm specializing in corporate and labor law, and then opened his own practice focusing on commercial, real estate, and family law. He later served as the principal law clerk to the late Hon. Ron Aiello from 1993 to 1996.