S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
I N S E N A T E
January 4, 2012
Introduced by Sen. GRIFFO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes
AN ACT to amend the criminal procedure law, in relation to electronic
court appearance statewide
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 182.20 of the criminal procedure
law, as amended by chapter 332 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read
1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law and except as provided
in section 182.30 of this article, the court, in its discretion, may
dispense with the personal appearance of the defendant, except an
appearance at a hearing or trial, and conduct an electronic appearance
in connection with a criminal action [pending in Albany, Bronx, Broome,
Erie, Kings, New York, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange,
Putnam, Queens, Richmond, St. Lawrence, Tompkins, Chautauqua, Cattarau-
gus, Clinton, Essex, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Warren, Westchester,
Suffolk, Herkimer or Franklin county], provided that the chief adminis-
trator of the courts has authorized the use of electronic appearance and
the defendant, after consultation with counsel, consents on the record.
Such consent shall be required at the commencement of each electronic
appearance to such electronic appearance.
S 2. This act shall take effect immediately, provided, however, that
the amendment to subdivision 1 of section 182.20 of the criminal proce-
dure law made by section one of this act shall not affect the repeal of
such section and shall be deemed repealed therewith.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.