Is the New York State Office of Court Administration going to eliminate many Justice Courts throughout rural and upstate New York? That’s what the commission appointed by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye recommended. Who amoung us has not been before the local justice court, where judges, sometimes lawyers/ sometimes not, of the local town or village courts dispenses their judgement in a reported 2 million cases a year.
According to the New York Law Journal, the recently released study recommends consolidation of 500 of the 1,250 town and village courts in New York state because of their cost, antiquated facilities or duplication of services with other justice courts.
The consolidation plan was among the recommendations made Wednesday by the Special Commission on the Future of the New York State Courts, a panel originally formed by Kaye to report on ways to streamline the court system.
Here’s a link to the article, but stay tuned.– Study supports elimination of Hundreds of NY Courts.