Published on November 13, 2009 | by LawNews
Professors Andrew Schepard, Theo Liebmann Write NYLJ Column on ‘Ending 3.5-Minute Justice in New York’s Family Court’
Law and Children
Friday, November 13, 2009
By Andrew Schepard and Theo Liebmann
Andrew Schepard, a professor of law and director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law at Hofstra University, and Theo Liebmann, a clinical professor of law and director of Clinical Programs at Hofstra, write that although increasing the number of Family Court judges by 21, as called for in a recent state Senate report and for which the Senate has already passed implementing legislation, will help substantially, the only long-term solution to the caseload crisis in the Family Court is to amend the State Constitution to eliminate its inferior status and all constitutional barriers to assigning trial court judges to it if needed.