David Bookstaver, Director
Mai Yee, Assistant Director
Date: July 8, 1999
|DomesticViolence Court Officially Opens in Buffalo|
|BUFFALO, NY - Court and local officials will inaugurate
the official opening of Buffalo's first domestic violence court tomorrow,
Friday, July 9, at 12 noon. The specialized court, which is a division
of the Buffalo City Court is located at 50 Delaware Avenue, Part 16 (7th
floor) and will handle all stages of a domestic violence case originating
in the city of Buffalo.
To ensure continuity and close monitoring of cases, the Buffalo Domestic Violence Court will have a single presiding judge handle all stages of a domestic violence case, as well as a dedicated prosecution team from the Erie County District Attorney's Office and victim advocates from the Erie County Medical Center. The court will serve as a hub for interagency collaboration and information exchange among numerous criminal justice and social service agencies, including the Buffalo Police Department, Erie County Probation Department, the Erie County Consortium of Substance Abuse Providers, Haven House and the Batterers Intervention Program.
New York State Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman said, "The
sensitivity and potential volatility of domestic violence necessitate a
more focused strategy on the part of the court system in the way these
cases are handled. The opening of the new court represents a step forward
in providing victims of domestic violence the special attention and support
they so critically need."
The new court will be overseen by Eighth Judicial District Administrative Judge Vincent E. Doyle and Buffalo City Court Chief Judge Thomas Amodeo, and presided over by Buffalo City Court Judge Margaret R. Anderson.
It is estimated that the court will adjudicate over 3,000 cases during its first full year of operation (an average of 60 cases a week).