assembly Bill A6054

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Abolishes citizens arrests; repealer

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Current Bill Status Via S3183 - Passed Senate

  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 08, 2021 ordered to third reading rules cal.572
substituted for a6054
Jun 08, 2021 substituted by s3183a
rules report cal.572
May 19, 2021 reported referred to rules
Mar 05, 2021 referred to codes


A6054 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
Criminal Procedure Law
Laws Affected:
Rpld §§140.30, 140.35 & 140.40, amd §140.45, CP L; amd §35.30, Pen L; rpld §305.1, Fam Ct Act

A6054 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Abolishes citizens arrests in New York state.

A6054 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
                               March 5, 2021
 Introduced by M. of A. HUNTER -- read once and referred to the Committee
   on Codes
 AN  ACT  to  amend  the  criminal  procedure  law  and the penal law, in
   relation to  abolishing  citizen's  arrests;  and  to  repeal  certain
   provisions  of  the  criminal  procedure  law and the family court act
   relating thereto

   Section 1. Section 140.45 of the criminal procedure law, as amended by
 chapter 550 of the laws of 1987, is amended to read as follows:
 § 140.45 Arrest without a warrant; dismissal of insufficient local crim-
              inal court accusatory instrument.
   If  a  local  criminal  court accusatory instrument filed with a local
 criminal court pursuant to section 140.20[,] OR 140.25  [or  140.40]  is
 not  sufficient on its face, as prescribed in section 100.40, and if the
 court is satisfied that on the basis of the available facts or  evidence
 it  would  be impossible to draw and file an accusatory instrument which
 is sufficient on its face, it must dismiss  such  accusatory  instrument
 and discharge the defendant.
   §  2. Sections 140.30, 140.35 and 140.40 of the criminal procedure law
   § 3. Subdivision 4 of section 35.30 of the  penal  law,  as  added  by
 chapter  73 of the laws of 1968, the opening paragraph and paragraph (a)
 as amended by chapter 511 of the laws  of  2004  and  paragraph  (b)  as
 amended  by  chapter  264  of  the  laws  of 2003, is amended to read as
   4. A private person acting on his or her own account may use  physical
 force, other than deadly physical force, upon another person when and to
 the  extent  that  he or she reasonably believes such to be necessary to
 [effect an arrest or to] prevent the escape [from custody] of  a  person
 whom  he  or  she  reasonably  believes to have committed [an offense] A

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