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Benchmarks: Journal of the New York State Unified Court System

CHIEF JUDGE'S 12TH STATE OF THE JUDICIARY

Chief Judge Judith S. KayeIn addition to promising to seek a judicial Pay increase in the State of the Judiciary address in February, the Chief Judge asked the Legislature to establish additional Family Court judgeships to deal with burgeoning caseloads and adopt a form of "no-fault" divorce that safeguards the interests of vulnerable litigants such as the poor and domestic violence victims.

Highlights of the address, which can be read in full on the court Web site, include: Efforts to improve the lives of foster-care children (including a record-setting Adoption Day, the Healthy Development Checklist and Adoption Now and Babies Can't Wait initiatives); expansion of Integrated Domestic Violence (IDV) Courts, on track to meet the goal of serving litigants anywhere in the State by year-end, with 18 IDV courts already in operation; Family Court E-Petition Pilot, permitting filing a petition on a courthouse computer (story); Drug Court development of a DWI protocol; Comprehensive Civil Justice Program Report, showing dramatic reduction in civil caseloads and recommending new time frames to measure case progress (story); new Bronx Housing Help Program, providing on-site referral services to enable families to pay their rent and avoid eviction.

Spring/Summer 2005PDF Format
HTML: Judicial Institute Judicial Salary Bill State of the Judiciary Drug Law Reform Welcome Innovative Jury Practices ABA American Jury Initiative Security Camera Network Court Security Review Profile: Joseph J. Traficanti Jr. Chief Justices In Manhattan Civil Case Management Court Officer Recruitment Public Access to Courts Family Court E-Petition Program Kids Go to Work Court Construction Update Fiduciary Commission Report OCA Update Bronx Court Cuts Case Backlog Law Day 2005 Merit Performance Awards

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