Founded in 1986, the Guardians Association of the New York State Courts is a fraternal organization primarily comprised of black law enforcement professionals within the Unified Court System. Our membership consists of individuals from the ranks of Court Officer, Court Clerk, Court Assistant, Court Aide, Court interpreter, Court Attorney, Judge, and Confidential and Non-Competitive Court personnel.
The Guardians Association is affiliated with the Grand Council of Guardians, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (N.O.B.L.E), and the National Black Police Association (NBPA). Our purpose is to effectively promote justice and fairness throughout the court system. This organization was originally established to act as a mechanism for recruiting Black Court Officers, Clerks and Court Assistants into the Unified Court System, but through the years, our objective has expanded to insure that Blacks, and other minorities, in the Court System are treated fairly no matter what position they hold, and to create a positive institution and work environment, free of racism and discrimination. We remain vigilant in our efforts to ensure that there are equal opportunities in appointments, assignments and promotions for all members of the Unified Court System.
In addition to our work within the court system, the Guardians Association is also involved in community outreach. We provide information concerning job opportunities and open competitive exams within the courts to the public at different events throughout the year, support the Judicial Friends (an organization made up of multicultural Judges) by attending their annual Law Day Sermon, donate food to neighborhood pantries, provide support to Black Veterans by collecting and donating toiletries, and proudly march in the African American Day Parade in Harlem every September. Please visit our website to learn more about our organization, and our work in the community. Your questions, suggestions, and membership are always welcome.