senate Bill S6843

2013-2014 Legislative Session

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

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Mar 18, 2014 referred to judiciary

S6843 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2732
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Family Court Act
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง131, Fam Ct Act
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A5477
2009-2010: A3702

S6843 - Bill Texts

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Increases the number of family court judges in Monroe 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 NUMBER:S6843

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 Monroe

PURPOSE:

Increase the number of Family Court judges in Monroe 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:

Although chapter 178 of the Laws of 2000 increased the number of
Family Court Judges from five to six judges, the reasoning for
requesting the first judge remains valid for requesting additional
judges. Before 2000, the most recent addition to the Family Court
judgeship occurred in 1979. Since that time, the number of cases
assigned to the court has increased by more than 250 percent and the
addition of more than one judge is necessary to counteract the
backlog. It is important to maintain the State's commitment to
improving and increasing access to the courts. One basic step toward
this goal is by providing a sufficient number of judges to caseloads.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Salary of Family Court Judge plus administrative costs.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6843

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 18, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ROBACH -- 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 Monroe

  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]  EIGHT  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
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.
                                                           LBD05476-01-3

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