senate Bill S7298

Increases number of family court judges in Erie county from six to eight

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  • 09 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO JUDICIARY

Summary

Increases the number of family court judges in Erie county from six to eight; provides that the additional judges shall be elected in November of 2015 and take office January 1, 2016.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S7298
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Law Section:
Family Court Act
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง131, Fam Ct Act

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7298

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

PURPOSE:

Increase the number of Family Court judges in Erie County from six to
eight.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

This act amends subdivision (e) of section 131 of the family court act
as amended by chapter 178 of the laws of 2000 to increase the number
of family court judges from six to eight.

JUSTIFICATION:

Statewide there are only 153 Family Court Judges for nearly 700,000
filings. With only six judges, Erie County has struggled to keep up
with an increasing number of filings for family offenses and orders of
protection. Moreover, the median length of processing time for
Juvenile Delinquency cases in Erie County has increased 12 days in
recent years. The 2014-2015 budget included funding for 20 new family
court judges statewide. Erie County needs more family court judges to
provide services for the residents of Erie County in a timely manner.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Salary of Family Court Judge plus administrative costs; funding has
been secured in the 2014-2015 budget.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately except that the family court
judges provided for in this act shall first be elected at the general
election to be held in November, 2015 and shall first take office
January 1, 2016.

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

                                  7298

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 9, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary

AN ACT to amend the family court act,  in  relation  to  increasing  the
  number of family court judges for the county of Erie

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

  Section 1. Subdivision (e) of section 131 of the family court act,  as
amended  by  chapter  178  of  the  laws  of 2000, is amended to read as
follows:
  (e) In the county of Monroe there shall be six family court judges and
the number of  such  judges  now  existing  in  said  county  is  hereby
increased  accordingly; in the county of Erie there shall be [six] EIGHT
family court judges and the number of such judges now existing  in  said
county  is  hereby  increased accordingly. In the county of Albany there
shall be a total of three family court judges and  the  number  of  such
judges now existing in such county is hereby increased accordingly.
  S    2.  This act shall take effect immediately except that the family
court judges provided for in this act shall  first  be  elected  at  the
general  election  to  be  held  in  November, 2015 and shall first take
office January 1, 2016.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14999-01-4

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