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Hon. Joseph A. Zayas

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Queens County Supreme Court, Criminal Term
125-01 Queens Boulevard
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
(718) 298-1418

Judicial Offices

Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters, Eleventh Judicial District, Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti, 2013 to Present

Justice, Supreme Court, Elected, 2017 to 2030

Acting Justice, Supreme Court, Queens County, Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau, 2010 to 2011; Re-Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti, 2012 to 2016

Judge, Court of Claims, Appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, 2012 to 2016

Judge, Criminal Court of the City of New York, Queens County, Appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, 2003 to 2009; Re-appointed by Mayor Bloomberg, 2010 to 2012

Other Professional Experience

Supreme Court Justice Rolando T. Acosta, Principal Court Attorney, 1998 to 2003

Legal Aid Society, Capital Defense Unit, Senior Staff Attorney, 1996 to 1997

Legal Aid Society, Criminal Appeals Bureau, Senior Staff Attorney, 1993 to 1996

Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, Senior Staff Attorney, 1991 to 1993

Legal Aid Society, Criminal Appeals Bureau, Staff Attorney, 1988 to 1991

Admission to the Bar

NYS, Appellate Division, Second Department, 1989


J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1988

B.A., Fordham University, College at Lincoln Center, 1985


People v Hakem Baldea, 53 Misc3d 778 (Sup Ct Queens County 2016)

People v Shaun Mullally, 38 Misc3d 1002 (Sup Ct Queens Co 2013). See also Andrew Keshner, Unoccupied "Dwelling" Supports Trespass Conviction, Court Finds, NYLJ, (front page article), January 8, 2013

People v Zheng Qian, 35 Misc3d 647 (Sup Ct Queens Co 2012)

People v Chet Turnquest, 35 Misc3d 329 (Sup Ct Queens Co 2012). See also Laura Haring, Recanting Witness "Unavailable" to Prosecution Court Concludes, NYLJ (front page article), February 3, 2012

People v Melinda Bronson, 32 Misc3d 201 (Crim Ct Queens Co 2011). See also, Andrew Keshner, Mother's convicion Vacated After Son Recants Testimony of Sex Abuse, NYLJ (front page article), May 4, 2011

People v Constantine Cristache, 29 Misc3d 720 (Crim Ct Queens Co 2010). See also Noeleen G. Walder, Judge Finds Broader Deportation Warning Appropriate, NYLJ, September 21, 2010

People v Hillary Best, 19 Misc3d 561 (Crim Ct Queens Co 2008). See also Mark Fass, Defendant "Forfeited" Counsel Right, NYLJ (front page article), March 6, 2008

People v Ricardo C. James, 17 Misc3d 623 (Crim Ct Queens Co 2007)

People v Kenneth Becker, 9 Misc3d 720 (Crim Ct Queens Co 2005). See also, Mark Fass, Hearing to Weigh if Legal Advice led to Harmful Plea, NYLJ (front page article), August 9, 2005

People v Hakim Whiting, 5 Misc3d 802 (Crim Ct Queens Co. 2004)

People v Robert E. Leonard, 4 Misc3d 814 (Crim Ct Queens Co. 2004)

People v Shuying Carrabotta, 2 Misc3d 685 (Crim Ct Queens Co 2003)

People v Zachary Cobb, 2 Misc3d 237 (Crim Ct Queens Co 2003)

People v Joseph Mulero, 47Misc3d 274 (Sup Ct Queens Co 2014)

People v Stephanie Malone, 46 Misc3d 918 (Sup Ct Queens Co 2014) See also JOel Stashenko, Judge Rejects Defendant's Claim of Unfair Prosecution, NYLJ, p. 2, December 8, 2014

People v Robert C., 46 Misc3d 382 (Sup Ct Queens Co 2014) See also Ben Bedell, Judge Shifts Juvenile's Robbery Case From Adult to Family Court, NYLJ, October 8, 2014-front page article

People v Robert Jones, 45 Misc3d 1201(A) (Sup Ct Queens Co 2014)

People v Robert Jones, 43 Misc3d 794 (Sup Ct Queens Co 2014)

Professional & Civic Activities

Member, New York State Permanent Commission on Sentencing, 2015 to Present

Committee Member, Committee on the Future of Criminal Indigent Defense Services, 2004 to Present

Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1991 to Present

Member, Puerto Rican Bar Association, 1998 to Present

Member, Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County, 1999 to Present

Member, National Hispanic Bar Association, 2004 to Present

Secretary, Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage, 2003 to Present

Member, Cervantes Society, 2001 to Present

Committee Member, Criminal Courts Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1991 to 1992

Member, Queens County Bar Association