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Legislature Supports State Legislation to Establish a Third County Court Judge

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislator Glenn Morey was excused), passed a resolution urgently supporting State legislation, introduced in the Senate by Senators Helming and O’Mara, to establish a third county court judgeship in Tompkins County.  The third county judge position was one of the key recommendations of the county’s Municipal Courts Task Force two years ago. 

The resolution notes that, because of steady and consistent population growth over the past 50 years, the population per county judge is the highest of any county in the Sixth Judicial District, and caseloads have grown proportionately with the population increase, leading to more crowded court dockets and the use of more bed-days in Tompkins County Jail.  With elevation of the County’s Supreme Court Judge to the Appellate Division of the Third Department, there is also no local Supreme Court Judge to hear Supreme Court cases, or to be available to provide assistance in presiding on local criminal court matters. 

A key element of the County’s comprehensive approach aimed at controlling its Jail population through reducing recidivism is swift and intensive judicial interventions when needed, the resolution states.