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Judge Seeks Full Term on State Supreme Court

This is the third in a series of three profiles of candidates for judge for the New York State Supreme Court, 9th Judicial District. Profiles of Paul Marx and Edward Borrelli appear elsewhere on this site.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Robert DiBella is already hearing cases as an acting justice with the New York State Supreme Court. Now he wants to make sure he continues.

DiBella is one of three men seeking two spots on the court's 9th Judicial District bench, covering Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess and Putnam counties, in the Nov. 8 election . He is running on the Democratic, Republican, Independent and Working Families lines

DiBellla has been an acting justice since 2006, and has been a Westchester County Court judge since 2003. Prior to that, he was principal court attorney in Westchester County Surrogate's Court from 2000 to 2003, and, from 1994 to 1999, served as principal law clerk to the judge in the state Supreme Court's 9th Judicial District.

"As a designated Full Time Acting Supreme Court Justice," he wrote, "I preside over the District Wide Article 81 Guardianship Part where I supervise over 3,000 ongoing guardianship matters arising in Westchester, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange and Putnam Counties preserving and protecting the personal and property rights of people suffering from Alzheimer's, Dementia, Traumatic Brain Injuries and Autism."

A 1982 graduate of New England School of Law in Boston, he obtained his undergraduate degree from Florida State in 1979 and was elected to Phi Kappa Phi, a National Honor Society. He is a member of the New York State and Westchester County, New Rochelle and Westchester Women's bar associations and the Columbian Lawyers Association.

DiBella has been active as a judge for several mock trial competitions and is a contributing editor for the NYS Guardianship Law.

The Supreme Court of the State of New York is the Court of general statewide jurisdiction, in which most civil cases are tried.

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