senate Bill S4878A

Relates to increasing the term of office of judges of the New York city civil court housing part

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  • 28 / Apr / 2011
    • REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • 08 / Jun / 2011
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO JUDICIARY
  • 08 / Jun / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 4878A
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO JUDICIARY

Summary

Relates to increasing the term of office of judges of the New York city civil court housing part to ten years upon reappointment after an initial five year term.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S4878
S4878A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Law Section:
New York City Civil Court Act
Laws Affected:
Amd §110, NYC Civ Ct Act

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4878A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the New York city civil court act, in relation to increasing
the term of office of judges of the New York city civil court
housing part

This measure is being introduced at the request of the Judiciary.

Present law calls for a five-year term of office for each Housing
Judge of the New York City Civil Court. This measure would increase
this term to ten years, but only where a Housing Judge is being
re-appointed to his or her office. That is, each Housing Judge would
serve an initial five-year term and then, if he or she is re-appointed
to office, the term then to be served and any future terms will be
ten years.

In our view, a five-year term for a full-time judge does not insure
that individual, and the public he or she serves, an adequate measure
of judicial independence. Nor are we confident that such a
comparatively short term will consistently attract a sufficient
number of qualified candidates to seek appointment to judicial
office.(1) Housing Judges serve full-time and, like other full-time
judges, they may not practice law on the side; and because they are
subject to the Rules Governing Judicial Conduct, they are banned from
engaging in many forms of extra-judicial activity by which they might
otherwise augment their income. At the same time, because of the
present five-year term, Housing Judges have much more limited job
security than do their judicial peers on the New York City Criminal
Court and New York City Civil Court.

A ten-year term for Housing Judges, after an initial five-year term,
would be in keeping with the terms now fixed by law for other
full-time judges of the Unified Court System, including those of the
New York City Criminal Court and New York City Civil Court. Also, it
would strike a more reasonable balance between the public's need to
attract qualified candidates and its concern that Housing Part
Judges, like all other government officials, periodically must be
accountable for their performance in office.
Finally, by pairing entitlement to the ten-year term to a continuing
need to serve an initial five-year term, this measure will assure
that only those Housing Judges who are experienced and who have
demonstrated competence through a more limited tour of duty on the
Court can enjoy longer tenure in office.

This measure, which would have no fiscal impact on the State, would
take effect immediately but would apply only to the terms of office
of housing judges appointed on or after that date.

2011 LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
OCA 2011-44
Senate 4878 (Sen. Young) Referred to Judiciary

FOOTNOTE


(1) Housing Judges are appointed by the Chief Administrator of the Courts
from candidates for the office who have been approved by the Advisory
Council for the Housing Part. See New York City Civil Court Act
§110(f).

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 4878--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 28, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. YOUNG -- (at request of the Office of Court Adminis-
  tration) -- read twice and ordered printed, and  when  printed  to  be
  committed  to the Committee on Judiciary -- committee discharged, bill
  amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said  commit-
  tee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  New  York  city civil court act, in relation to
  increasing the term of office of judges of the  New  York  city  civil
  court housing part

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Subdivision (i) of section 110 of the New York  city  civil
court  act, as amended by chapter 310 of the laws of 1978, is amended to
read as follows:
  (i) Housing judges shall have been admitted to the bar  of  the  state
for  at  least  five years, two years of which shall have been in active
practice. Each housing judge shall serve full-time for five YEARS EXCEPT
THAT, ONCE A HOUSING JUDGE HAS SERVED A FIVE-YEAR  TERM,  EACH  TERM  IN
SUCH  OFFICE  TO  WHICH HE OR SHE THEREAFTER IS REAPPOINTED SHALL BE FOR
TEN years.  Reappointment shall be at the discretion of the  administra-
tive  judge  and on the basis of the performance, competency and results
achieved during the preceding term.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and  shall  apply  to  the
terms of office of housing judges reappointed on or after such effective
date.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10932-02-1

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