1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. Criminal Procedure
  4. Part 1: General Provisions
  5. Title C: Requirements for and Exemptions From Criminal Prosecution
  6. Article 30: Timeliness of Prosecutions and Speedy Trial


Section 30.20 Speedy trial; in general

Criminal Procedure (CPL)

  1. After a criminal action is commenced, the defendant is entitled to a speedy trial.

  2. Insofar as is practicable, the trial of a criminal action must be given preference over civil cases; and the trial of a criminal action where the defendant has been committed to the custody of the sheriff during the pendency of the criminal action must be given preference over other criminal actions.