Judge on top New York court is reportedly banned from courthouse after refusing to reveal COVID-19 vaccine status
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Just one judge in New York’s court system has refused to comply with the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
The judge, according to the source, is Judge Jenny Rivera, who sits on the New York State Court of Appeals, the state’s top court. According to the New York Law Journal, Rivera refused to report her vaccination status, and she didn’t apply for a medical or a religious exemption.
Rivera won’t be allowed into any court facilities, including her chambers, because she did not comply with the vaccine mandate, according to the New York Post.
The New York Law Journal described Rivera as a member of the court’s liberal wing and currently the longest-serving judge on the New York State Court of Appeals.
Gary Spencer, a New York State Court of Appeals spokesperson, told the New York Law Journal that the courts can’t release personal health information, but he can confirm that Rivera will participate remotely during in-person arguments.
Rivera was at the court in person during oral arguments that happened weeks ago, but she sat apart from the other judges.