senate Bill S1301

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes the counties of residence that eleven additional judges previously authorized to serve on the civil court of the city of New York shall be elected from

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Jan 14, 2013 recommit, enacting clause stricken
Jan 09, 2013 referred to judiciary

S1301 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
New York City Civil Court Act
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง102-a, NYC Civ Ct Act
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1780
2009-2010: S1745A

S1301 - Bill Texts

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Establishes the counties of residence that eleven additional judges previously authorized to serve on the civil court of the city of New York shall be elected from.

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BILL NUMBER:S1301

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the New York city civil court act, in relation to the election
of additional judges of the civil court of the city of New York

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL:
This bill would apportion the eleven additional NYC Civil Court
judgeships previously authorized by the legislature in 1993, but
never distributed among the five counties of NYC and therefore never
elected and utilized.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Subdivision 2 of section 102-a of the New York city civil court act as
added by chapter 511 of the laws of 1993 is amended to apportion the
eleven additional NYC Civil Court judgeships previously authorized by
the legislature in 1993, but never distributed among the five
counties of NYC and therefore never elected and utilized, as follows:
New York County: 1 judgeship; Kings: 3 judgeships; Queens: 4
judgeships; Bronx: 2 judgeships; Richmond: 1 judgeship.

JUSTIFICATION:
The Civil Court docket in New York City has increased dramatically in
the thirty years since additional judgeships were added. In
recognition of this, the legislature authorized eleven additional
judgeships in 1993, but has never established how these eleven
judgeships are to be apportioned among NYC's five counties. In
essence, the legislature's determination to address the increasing
docket of NYC Civil Court cases in 1993 has still not been realized
fourteen years later. This bill finally apportions these judges and
gives NYC residents whose cases are heard in Civil Court the relief
they need to have their cases heard in a speedy manner. The breakdown
among the counties reflects the docket load of each county, with
Queens receiving the greatest number of judges because it has the
highest judge/docket ratio.

The eleven additional judges shall be elected in and from the
residents of the following counties as follows: one from the county
of New York, three from Kings County, four from Queens County, two
from Bronx County; one from Richmond County. The additional judges
shall receive the same compensation as the existing judges of the
civil court of the city of New York.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This bill was previously introduced.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately; provided that in accordance with subdivision (a) of
section 15 of article 6 of the constitution, the additional
judgeships of the civil court of the city of New York affected by the
provisions of this act first shall be filled at the general election
to be held in November 2014 for a term to commence January 1, 2015.


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

                                  1301

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the New York city civil court act, in  relation  to  the
  election  of  additional  judges of the civil court of the city of New
  York

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision 2 of section 102-a of the New York city civil
court act, as added by chapter 511 of the laws of 1993,  is  amended  to
read as follows:
  2. The twenty-five additional judges of the civil court of the city of
New York authorized on June first, nineteen hundred sixty-eight by chap-
ter  nine  hundred  eighty-seven  of the laws of nineteen hundred sixty-
eight shall be elected in and from the residents of the following  coun-
ties  in the indicated numbers: from the county of New York, seven; from
the county of Kings, seven; from the county of  Queens,  six;  from  the
county  of Bronx, four; and from the county of Richmond, one. Such addi-
tional judges shall receive the same compensation as the existing judges
of the civil court of the city of New York. The eleven additional judges
of the civil court of the city of New York authorized by [this]  section
SEVEN OF CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED OF THE LAWS OF NINETEEN HUNDRED EIGHTY-TWO
shall  be  [chosen  by  the electors of the counties included within the
city of New York from districts within such counties as shall be  estab-
lished  by law] ELECTED IN AND FROM THE RESIDENTS OF THE FOLLOWING COUN-
TIES IN THE INDICATED NUMBERS: FROM THE COUNTY OF NEW  YORK,  ONE;  FROM
THE  COUNTY  OF  KINGS, THREE; FROM THE COUNTY OF QUEENS, FOUR; FROM THE
COUNTY OF BRONX, TWO; AND FROM THE COUNTY OF RICHMOND, ONE.  SUCH  ADDI-
TIONAL JUDGES SHALL RECEIVE THE SAME COMPENSATION AS THE EXISTING JUDGES
OF THE CIVIL COURT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03576-01-3

S. 1301                             2

  S  2.  This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that
in accordance with subdivision a of section  15  of  article  6  of  the
constitution,  the  additional judgeships of the civil court of the city
of New York affected by the provisions of this act first shall be filled
at  the  general  election  to  be  held  in November 2014 for a term to
commence January 1, 2015.

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