NYCLA Investigates Impact of Judicial Budget Cuts to Ensure Access to Justice

Share Article

Bench and Bar Leaders Testify about the Effects of Judicial Budget Cuts

News Image
There has been a decrease in the effectiveness of the courts and an increase in the price for justice.

The New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA) announced a public hearing on the impact of the $170 million budget cuts on the New York State judicial system and on the reductions of funding for the Federal Court system.

The public hearing will be conducted on December 2, 2011 at the New York County Lawyers’ Association. NYCLA will receive testimony from jurists, administrators, practitioners and public policy experts regarding the impact of the current budget cuts to help assess future budgets.

Testimony will be offered about the impact of:

  •     Budget Cuts on the State Courts
  •     State Court Budget Cuts on Children, Families and the Public                 
  •     State Court Budget Cuts on the Criminal Justice System
  •     Budget Cuts on the Federal Courts

A full schedule and listing of presenters can be obtained on NYCLA’s Website.

NYCLA’s Task Force on Judicial Budget Cuts, co-chaired by Hon. Stephen G. Crane (ret.) Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department, and former NYCLA President Michael Miller, is conducting the hearing. The NYCLA Board of Directors established the Task Force on Judicial Budget Cuts in June 2011 as a result of the recent cuts to State and Federal courts and the call to action from the American Bar Association.

The Judicial Budget Cuts Task Force will use the testimony, along with responses from a recent questionnaire, to produce reports about the impact of the cuts on the State and Federal courts. Findings from the preliminary report and a recent questionnaire, where over 700 people shared their responses, indicate a decrease in the effectiveness of the courts and an increase in the price for justice.

Comments from the questionnaire include:

  •     I'm a court employee. The backlog in my office is approx. 5-6 MONTHS. Prior to the cuts the backlog was 2-3 DAYS.
  •     Routine adjournments of cases on the Civil TAP calendar to the "next available" date result in scheduled dates six to nine months in the future.
  •     An attorney appeared at the petition room to file an emergency order to show cause when the client's ex had failed to return their child on time and feared ex would leave country with the child. When referred to judge for filing approval, due to lateness of the court session, they were told to come back tomorrow. Fortunately the child was returned later that night.

About the New York County Lawyers’ Association
The New York County Lawyers' Association ( was founded in 1908 as the first major bar association in the country that admitted members without regard to race, ethnicity, religion or gender. Since its inception, it has pioneered some of the most far-reaching and tangible reforms in American jurisprudence and has continuously played an active role in legal developments and public policy.

# # #

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

melissa yahre
Email >
Visit website