Advocating for the
Appointment of
Family Court Judges
 

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For the past 30 years, family courts across the state have had to endure considerable delays on critical decisions for vulnerable children and domestic violence victims, because of the shortage of judges to hear their cases. Since 1991, New York City has employed only 47 family court judges to hear nearly a quarter million annual filings, which has often caused delays that hold children, families, and individuals in limbo.

The New York State Assembly has introduced a bill that would create new positions for nine New York City and 11 other New York state family court judges next year, but so far it has no Senate sponsor. If it doesn’t receive backing from Senate by June 19 it will expire, and these positions will be left vacant.

Children’s Aid encourages you to make a call to Albany to advocate for our children and families, and to spread the request to others:

Call Assembly Speaker Silver at (518) 455-3791 and say:

Hello. I am calling to urge Speaker Silver to ensure an agreement is reached between the Assembly and the Senate with regard to the additional Family Court Judges. As the Speaker is aware, these new Family Court Judges are desperately needed throughout the State because the current delays in Court are unconscionable for children, families, and victims of domestic violence.

Call Senate Majority Coalition Leader Skelos at (518) 455-3171 and say:

Hello. I am calling to urge Senate Majority Coalition Leader Skelos to ensure an agreement is reached between the Assembly and the Senate with regard to the additional Family Court Judges. As the Senator is aware, these new Family Court Judges are desperately needed throughout the State because the current delays in Court are unconscionable for children, families, and victims of domestic violence.