Bill S1301-2013

Establishes the counties of residence that eleven additional judges previously authorized to serve on the civil court of the city of New York shall be elected from

Establishes the counties of residence that eleven additional judges previously authorized to serve on the civil court of the city of New York shall be elected from.

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  • Jan 14, 2013: RECOMMIT, ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO JUDICIARY

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BILL NUMBER:S1301

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the New York city civil court act, in relation to the election of additional judges of the civil court of the city of New York

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL: This bill would apportion the eleven additional NYC Civil Court judgeships previously authorized by the legislature in 1993, but never distributed among the five counties of NYC and therefore never elected and utilized.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Subdivision 2 of section 102-a of the New York city civil court act as added by chapter 511 of the laws of 1993 is amended to apportion the eleven additional NYC Civil Court judgeships previously authorized by the legislature in 1993, but never distributed among the five counties of NYC and therefore never elected and utilized, as follows: New York County: 1 judgeship; Kings: 3 judgeships; Queens: 4 judgeships; Bronx: 2 judgeships; Richmond: 1 judgeship.

JUSTIFICATION: The Civil Court docket in New York City has increased dramatically in the thirty years since additional judgeships were added. In recognition of this, the legislature authorized eleven additional judgeships in 1993, but has never established how these eleven judgeships are to be apportioned among NYC's five counties. In essence, the legislature's determination to address the increasing docket of NYC Civil Court cases in 1993 has still not been realized fourteen years later. This bill finally apportions these judges and gives NYC residents whose cases are heard in Civil Court the relief they need to have their cases heard in a speedy manner. The breakdown among the counties reflects the docket load of each county, with Queens receiving the greatest number of judges because it has the highest judge/docket ratio.

The eleven additional judges shall be elected in and from the residents of the following counties as follows: one from the county of New York, three from Kings County, four from Queens County, two from Bronx County; one from Richmond County. The additional judges shall receive the same compensation as the existing judges of the civil court of the city of New York.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This bill was previously introduced.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately; provided that in accordance with subdivision (a) of section 15 of article 6 of the constitution, the additional judgeships of the civil court of the city of New York affected by the provisions of this act first shall be filled at the general election to be held in November 2014 for a term to commence January 1, 2015.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1301 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary AN ACT to amend the New York city civil court act, in relation to the election of additional judges of the civil court of the city of New York THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 102-a of the New York city civil court act, as added by chapter 511 of the laws of 1993, is amended to read as follows: 2. The twenty-five additional judges of the civil court of the city of New York authorized on June first, nineteen hundred sixty-eight by chap- ter nine hundred eighty-seven of the laws of nineteen hundred sixty- eight shall be elected in and from the residents of the following coun- ties in the indicated numbers: from the county of New York, seven; from the county of Kings, seven; from the county of Queens, six; from the county of Bronx, four; and from the county of Richmond, one. Such addi- tional judges shall receive the same compensation as the existing judges of the civil court of the city of New York. The eleven additional judges of the civil court of the city of New York authorized by [this] section SEVEN OF CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED OF THE LAWS OF NINETEEN HUNDRED EIGHTY-TWO shall be [chosen by the electors of the counties included within the city of New York from districts within such counties as shall be estab- lished by law] ELECTED IN AND FROM THE RESIDENTS OF THE FOLLOWING COUN- TIES IN THE INDICATED NUMBERS: FROM THE COUNTY OF NEW YORK, ONE; FROM THE COUNTY OF KINGS, THREE; FROM THE COUNTY OF QUEENS, FOUR; FROM THE COUNTY OF BRONX, TWO; AND FROM THE COUNTY OF RICHMOND, ONE. SUCH ADDI- TIONAL JUDGES SHALL RECEIVE THE SAME COMPENSATION AS THE EXISTING JUDGES OF THE CIVIL COURT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK.
S 2. This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that in accordance with subdivision a of section 15 of article 6 of the constitution, the additional judgeships of the civil court of the city of New York affected by the provisions of this act first shall be filled at the general election to be held in November 2014 for a term to commence January 1, 2015.

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