senate Bill S1926

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes a second office of judge of the county court in the county of Chenango

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Jan 09, 2013 referred to judiciary

S1926 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1750
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Judiciary Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง182, Judy L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S3139A, A1529
2009-2010: S438A, A3629A

S1926 - Bill Texts

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Establishes a second office of judge of the county court in the county of Chenango; provides for such judgeship to be filled at the general election to be held on November 5, 2013.

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BILL NUMBER:S1926

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the judiciary law, in relation to estab-
lishing a second county court judgeship in the county of Chenango

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Provides for the new office of judge
of the county court in the County of Chenango and state that each county
Court judge in the County of Chenango shall also act as and discharge
the duties of county court judge, judge of the family court and surro-
gate of such county.

EXISTING LAW: Provides for one county court judgeship in Chenango Coun-
ty.

JUSTIFICATION: Currently, a single judge presides over all Family,
County (criminal and civil), and Surrogate Courts for Chenango County.
The caseload for this Multi-Bench judge is tremendous. Rural areas are
no longer immune to the ravage of crime. The county has observed
increases in burglary, DWI offenses, drug use, domestic violence, and
abuse, which have created a large caseload that warrants the appointment
of a second judge. The caseload has made it increasingly difficult for
the single Multi-Bench judge to continue to process such a number of
cases in a timely and fair manner.

For the past six years, the Multi-Bench judge of Chenango County has had
more than double the typical caseload. The Family Court has seen a 78%
increase in filings in the past eight years. The 4,746 cases seen by the
judge in 2006 were much higher than most caseloads seen by judges who
only handle Family Court, This swell has hurt the timeliness of justice
as it has forced the lead-time in Family Court to grow from six weeks to
eight to twelve weeks.

Additionally, the Multi-Bench judge of Chenango County has the highest
number of criminal cases in the small county category of New York.

Chenango County's need for this additional judgeship is crucial for the
justice system of the county. The need became so great that the Cortland
County's Multi-Bench judges came to the aid of Chenango County in 2006.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2004: Senate Judiciary Committee 2005:
Committed to Finance 2008: Committed to Finance 2010: Referred to Judi-
ciary 2012: Referred to Judiciary

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect January 1, 2014; provided
however, that the additional office of county judge created pursuant to
this act shall first be filled at the general election to be held on
November 5, 2013.

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

                                  1926

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the judiciary law, in relation to establishing a  second
  county court judgeship in the county of Chenango

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 8 of section 182 of the judiciary law, as added
by chapter 699 of the laws of 1969, is amended to read as follows:
  8. Chenango, [one] TWO;
  S 2. A new office of judge of  the  county  court  of  the  county  of
Chenango is hereby established. Each county court judge in the county of
Chenango,  in  office  or  hereafter  elected,  shall  also  act  as and
discharge the duties of county court judge, judge of  the  family  court
and surrogate of such county.
  S  3.  This  act shall take effect January 1, 2014; provided, however,
that the additional office of county court  judge  created  pursuant  to
this  act  shall  first  be filled at the general election to be held on
November 5, 2013.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05282-01-3

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