The New York State Bar Association plans on lobbying for the creation of
20 new Family Court judgeships to be created across the state. As caseloads
in family courts appear to be large, there appears to be a need to for
judicial resources for families litigating matters in court in hopes for
A chairperson of the state bar task force feels such efforts have been
overlooked "and it is the children of the state of New York who suffer
the consequences." The reason for concern about children caught up
in a judgeship shortage is because of delays caused by large caseloads.
"For children, a delay of 18 months is very serious," she stated.
(From the perspective of a family law attorney, one can only imagine the
problems delays can bring on for a child caught up in
child custody dispute.)
She also feels that the constituency of family law courts is made up largely
by poor people. And while filings in courts have gone up to nearly 700,000
per year, the number of Family Court judgeships in New York City has remained
at 47 for over two decades.
Obviously budgetary considerations will enter in to whether a proposal
for adding more judges will be granted. Each judgeship would cost approximately
$1 million per year. However, such a proposal is supported by organizations
such as the League of Women Voters for New York City and for the state
of New York, the state Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Brooklyn
In the meantime, we will have to do what we can with the circumstances
as these currently exist. Though caseloads may cause problems in child
custody and other family law disputes, experienced family law attorneys
can still provide legal options and possible alternatives for their clients.
Source: New York Law Daily Journal, "Children Need More Family Court Judges, State Bar Says," Joel Stashenko, Jan. 13, 2014