senate Bill S3899A

Relates to increasing the number of family court judges in Chautauqua county

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 26 / Feb / 2013
    • REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1604
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 24 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
  • 28 / Jan / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 29 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 29 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 3899A

Summary

Increases the number of family court judges in Chautauqua County.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5722A
Versions:
S3899
S3899A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Family Court Act
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง131, Fam Ct Act

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BILL NUMBER:S3899A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the family court act, in relation to
the number of family court judges in the county of Chautauqua

PURPOSE: The purpose of this legislation is to increase the number of
family court judges in Chautauqua County.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This legislation would amend Section 131 of
the family court act by adding a new subdivision (u).

JUSTIFICATION: Chautauqua County is the third busiest family court in
the Eighth Judicial District, trailing behind Niagara by little more
than 1,000 cases. Niagara County has two family court judges as well
as four family court support magistrates. They also have three supreme
court justices that have concurrent jurisdiction with the family court
judges.

Currently, Chautauqua County has only one family court judge who
handles all family related matters. Usually, the caseload for
Chautauqua County hovers around 4,000 cases per year, however,
recently there has been a dramatic increase. Now, Judge Judith Claire,
the sole family court judge, is assigned approximately 9,000 cases a
year.

Two days a week an Erie County Family Court Judge is sent to help with
the caseload in Chautauqua County, however, this puts more stress on
the Erie County Family Court calendar and is simply not sustainable.

Additionally, Chautauqua County only has two full-time City Court
Judges who already have an abundant caseload and therefore are not
readily available to be made as acting family court judges.

Further, although supreme court has concurrent jurisdiction with the
family court over family matters, there is also only one Supreme Court
Justice in Chautauqua County who also grapples with a heavy caseload.

This legislation would therefore decrease the burden on Chautauqua
County's sole family court judge help them address the high case load.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: $119,800 to the state, as laid out in Judiciary
Law Article 7(b) Section 221-E.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately; provided that
the additional family court judge in the county of Chautauqua provided
for in this act shall first be elected in the general election to be
held in November 2014 and shall take office on January 1, 2015.

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

                                 3899--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 26, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  YOUNG  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary  --  recommitted
  to the Committee on Judiciary in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8
  -- reported favorably from said committee and committed to the Commit-
  tee   on  Finance  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the family court act, in relation to the number of fami-
  ly court judges in the county of Chautauqua

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

  Section  1. Section 131 of the family court act is amended by adding a
new subdivision (u) to read as follows:
  (U) IN THE COUNTY OF CHAUTAUQUA THERE SHALL BE A TOTAL OF  TWO  FAMILY
COURT  JUDGES  AND  THE  NUMBER  OF  SUCH  JUDGES NOW EXISTING IS HEREBY
INCREASED ACCORDINGLY. THE COMPENSATION OF SUCH ADDITIONAL FAMILY  COURT
JUDGE  SHALL BE THE SAME AS THE COMPENSATION PAID TO THE EXISTING FAMILY
COURT JUDGE IN SUCH COUNTY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that  the  addi-
tional  family  court  judge in the county of Chautauqua provided for in
this act shall first be elected in the general election to  be  held  in
November 2014 and shall take office on January 1, 2015.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09292-02-4

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