IN RE: Tamara Williams

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.

IN RE: Tamara Williams, et al., petitioners, v. Loren Baily–Schiffman, etc., et al., respondents.


Decided: November 26, 2014

PETER B. SKELOS, J.P. THOMAS A. DICKERSON CHERYL E. CHAMBERS JOSEPH J. MALTESE, JJ. Duane C. Felton, Staten Island, N.Y., for petitioners. Eric T. Schneiderman, Attorney General, New York, N.Y. (Michael A. Berg of counsel), for respondent Loren Baily–Schiffman. Polizzotto & Polizzotto, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Miguel Torrellas of counsel), for respondent Tracey Judge.


Proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78 in the nature of prohibition, inter alia, to prohibit Loren Baily–Schiffman, a Justice of the Supreme Court, Kings County, from enforcing an order dated September 23, 2014, that was issued in a guardianship proceeding pursuant to Mental Hygiene Law article 81, pending in that court under Index No. 100147/12.

ADJUDGED that the petition is denied and the proceeding is dismissed on the merits, without costs or disbursements.

“Because of its extraordinary nature, prohibition is available only where there is a clear legal right, and then only when a court—in cases where judicial authority is challenged—acts or threatens to act either without jurisdiction or in excess of its authorized powers” (Matter of Holtzman v. Goldman, 71 N.Y.2d 564, 569;  see Matter of Rush v. Mordue, 68 N.Y.2d 348, 352).   The petitioners failed to establish a clear legal right to relief in the nature of prohibition.



Aprilanne Agostino

Clerk of the Court

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