Assembly Passes Legislation to Increase Number of Supreme Court & Family Court Judges

Speaker Carl Heastie and Judiciary Committee Chair Charles D. Lavine today announced that the Assembly has passed legislation to increase the number of supreme court judges and family court judges (A.10505, Lavine).

“The Assembly Majority is committed to ensuring that the courts and the justice system are serving the needs of New Yorkers,” Speaker Heastie said. “This legislation will ensure that courts across the state are able to give New Yorkers their day in court and provide them with the justice they deserve.”

“In order for our judiciary to do its work in serving the people of New York State, we need to have judges,” Assemblymember Lavine said. “As Judiciary Chair, I have had the opportunity to hear from many regarding this critical matter. There is no question that the addition of judges in these jurisdictions will help ensure that our courts are able to administer justice and meet the needs of New Yorkers and the judicial system.”

This legislation would increase the number of New York State Supreme Court justices statewide. It would also increase the number of family court judges in New York City, Saratoga County and Nassau County. This expanded number of judges will help meet the needs of New York State’s judicial system and New Yorkers with business before the court. The positions will be filled in the November 8, 2022 election and for a term to begin on January 1, 2023.