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Hon. James M. Catterson
Candidate for the
Supreme Court
Tenth Judicial District
(Nassau and Suffolk)

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Candidate Biography
Personal Statement
  • Judge James Catterson is a life-long resident of Long Island with almost 30 years of public service to his credit. In 1998, after serving as Suffolk County's Deputy County Attorney, he was elected to Supreme Court where he presided over hundreds of civil jury trials. In 2004, he was appointed to the Appellate Division, First Department, considered the pre-eminent intermediate appeals court in the United States. He is the only Long Island judge on this Court, and as such hears and determines thousands of appeals on issues that impact the daily lives of all New York residents and taxpayers. In June 2012, Judge Catterson returned to sit on the trial bench in Suffolk County for six weeks of the summer to help clear the backlog of old cases. He has written more than 200 signed opinions for the appeals court upholding the rights of, among others, property owners against the government's eminent domain power; the rights of the police to stop-and-frisk "14-year-old armed thugs in training;" and has upheld the law providing for civil detention of convicted sex predators upon their release from prison. He lives in Mt. Sinai with his wife Jennifer and their two children, Sarah and James.
IJEQC rating
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  • Highly Qualified
Party Membership
  • Republican
Party Line
  • Conservative
  • Republican
Campaign Web Site  
  • Colgate University, BA, 1980
  • St. John's School of Law, JD, 1985
Admitted to Bar
  • New York 1986
  • Associate Justice, Appellate Division, First Department, New York State Supreme Court
Professional Experience
  • Deputy Suffolk County Attorney
  • Chief, Asset Forfeiture Unit, U.S. Attorney's Office
  • Assistant United States Attorney
  • Assistant Suffolk County Attorney, Federal Litigation Bureau

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