2012 Campaign for Court
TO JOIN THE
COALITION FOR COURT SIMPLIFICATION
York has perhaps the most complex and convoluted court system in
the country. Over the last two hundred years, lawmakers
have allowed this system – designed to serve a population a fraction
the size of the current population – to develop haphazardly and
with insufficient planning or oversight. The result
is the current morass of eleven different trial courts and four
unbalanced appellate divisions. This archaic and inconsistent
structure is needlessly confusing. A Constitutional
Amendment to bring the Court into the 21 st century offers
an opportunity for every population that uses the courts and provides
for a more just, efficient, and equitable system.
The Fund for
Modern Courts has established a Task Force on the Simplification
of the New York State court system. Consolidating the eleven separate
trial courts into a single court of first instance will streamline
judicial operations, save money, help families and increase appellate
level diversity. We support a passage of a Constitutional Amendment
that would simplify the New York court system by creating a two-part
structure, with a new Supreme Court -- consisting of the current
Supreme Court, County Court, Family Court, Surrogate's Court and
the Court of Claims, and a new District Court -- consisting of the
current District Courts on Long Island, the New York City Civil
and Criminal Courts, and the City Courts outside of New York City.
We ask that
you add your organization's name to the newly formed Statewide Coalition
for Court Simplification and work with a growing coalition of groups
across the state to achieve this much needed goal.
Remove procedural and jurisdictional obstacles associated with a
multi-layered trial court structure, to reduce the cost and time
Simplify the trial court structure by reducing the number of courts
and thereby make it more accessible and easier to understand for
the public and the Bar.
Ease the difficulties experienced by children and families in family-related
litigation (e.g., cases involving divorce, child custody and support,
family offense), while promoting greater fairness and consistency
Consolidate the State's lower courts and expand their powers, enabling
them to better serve local communities. (This amendment would not
affect Town and Village Justice Courts.)
Insure a more appropriate distribution of resources to the various
courts, especially those that handle family matters.
Greatly broaden the pool of judges that can be appointed to the
information/questions contact Denise Kronstadt, Deputy Executive
Director/Director of Advocacy, the Fund for Modern Courts firstname.lastname@example.org
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Health Services North, Inc.
Council of New York
Council of Westchester
Corporation for Economic Opportunity
Law Center (CLC)
Law School Sexuality & Gender Law Clinic
Coalition for Crime Victims
for Modern Courts
Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce
Committee Against Domestic Violence
of Women Voters/NYC
Information For Families Today (LIFT)
Island Association, Inc.
Chamber of Commerce
Federation of Independent Business in New York
York City Bar Association
York County Lawyers' Association
York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)
York State Bar Association
York State League of Women Voters
Women's Justice Center
for the City of New York
Permanent Group, LLC
Law Center of New York
to End Family Violence
Door - A Center of Alternatives, Inc.
St. Luke's-Roosevelt Crime Victims Treatment Center
Westchester County Association
Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, Inc.
of Women Organizing Project
New York Law Center, Inc.