- Jun 21, 2012: ADOPTED
- Jun 21, 2012: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
- Jun 18, 2012: REFERRED TO FINANCE
LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the New York State Family Court WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that the quality and character of life in the communities across the great State of New York is reflective of certain exemplary institutions whose purpose is dedicated to serving the community and the needs of its citi zenry; and WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commem orate the 50th Anniversary of the New York State Family Court, to be observed at a Ceremony at the Court of Appeals on Friday, September 14, 2012; and WHEREAS, In 1901, the first juvenile court in America was established in Chicago and the New York State Legislature segregated juvenile cases by creating specialized children's parts within New York City; and WHEREAS, In 1922, joining the by then national movement, New York established a separate Children's Court, where children's issues were divorced from the criminal court milieu; and WHEREAS, Between 1922-1962, the Children's Court continued but by 1960, the court's limitations and deficiencies had been well documented, including split jurisdiction and the absence of legal representation; and
WHEREAS, In 1961, New York State decided to reorganize the entire court structure; and WHEREAS, In 1962, the New York State Family Court was established to adjudicate every justiciable family-related dispute, and incorporated, the parts equivalent to domestic violence parts of the local criminal courts, the former State Children's Courts, and the paternity parts of the former Court of Special Sessions; and WHEREAS, The Family Court was also granted adoption and abandonment jurisdiction and concurrent child custody jurisdiction; and WHEREAS, For the first time, children were afforded assigned counsel which ultimately led to the expansion of children's rights, such as the right to appeal adverse decisions, the right to discover and present evidence addressing the child's interest; and WHEREAS, The Family Court Act also incorporated expanded child protec tive provisions affecting children and their parents; and WHEREAS, In 50 years, substantive statutory amendments have included the expansion of termination of parental rights provisions, expansion of the Court's domestic violence authority, and the enactment of the Child Support Standards Act, which enhanced the economic responsibility of parents; and WHEREAS, Family Court judges today preside over child protective proceedings, juvenile delinquency and person in need of supervision proceedings, family offenses, custody, guardianship and visitation proceedings, adoptions, paternity and child and spousal support proceedings; and WHEREAS, Family Court has a rich history to cherish and build upon throughout the next century; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of New York State Family Court; and be it further RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran smitted to Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman.