|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 08, 2014||referred to codes|
|Jan 09, 2013||referred to codes|
senate Bill S1797
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S1797 - Details
S1797 - Summary
Directs the establishment of gun court calendars in criminal courts to hear cases involving unlawful gun possession and use; requires the expeditious scheduling of trials conducted therein; makes various provisions for the establishment of such calendar.
S1797 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S1797 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the criminal procedure law, in relation to establishing gun court calendars in the criminal courts PURPOSE/SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill would amend the New York State Criminal Procedure Law to create a gun court calendar designed to exclusively hear gun related cases. The presiding justice of the criminal court in the state shall create a gun court calendar for the effected counties and shall assign personnel to process all criminal cases tried by the court. All trials assigned to the court will be scheduled within sixty days of the completion of discovery. No continuances or postponements shall be granted except for good cause shown. Necessary continuances will be granted for the shortest practicable time. The goals of the court are to reduce the number of gun cases and ensure that perpetrators serve prison time. JUSTIFICATION: Findings indicate that there has been significant growth in the use of firearms in the commission of violent crimes. According to New York City police officials, guns were used in 34.2% of the 143,654 felonies committed in the City in 1993. This constitutes: *47,991 felonies committed involving handguns
S1797 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1797 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sens. ESPAILLAT, ADAMS, KRUEGER -- 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 establishing gun court calendars in the criminal courts THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature finds and declares that: (1) There has been significant growth in the use of firearms in the commission of violent crimes. (2) Many of the shootings are drug or gang related and endanger law abiding citizens. (3) Many of the gun offenses are committed while individuals are free on bail for other offenses. (4) The growing number of gun related offenses constitutes a burden upon the state of New York and threatens the domestic tranquility of the state and its people, especially residents of the urban areas where these crimes are most prevalent. (5) In order to deter the use of firearms in the commission of violent crimes, and to protect the law abiding public, there must be swift disposition of gun related offenses in our courts, and there must be the certain prospect of prison terms for those who are convicted of such crimes. It is therefore declared to be the policy of the state of New York to provide maximum safety and security to its people from unlawful gun related violence and intrusion upon their persons and property by expe- diting the processing and disposition of such cases and, unless other- wise provided, imposing prison terms that must be served. To accomplish this purpose in an effort to minimize delay in the proc- essing of criminal cases in this state relating to the illegal EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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