Committee Reports

Report in support of the Judiciary’s 2016-2017 Budget Request


The Council on Judicial Administration (Steven M. Kayman, Chair) issued a report urging New York’s Legislature to accept the Judiciary’s request of a 2.4% increase to its 2016-2017 Budget. The Council’s report paints a troubling picture of courts already operating in austere conditions around the five boroughs, citing lengthy delays, extensive backlogs and shortages in staff. The report cites numerous examples from throughout the court system of overextended staff unable to provide necessary services through lack of resources. The 2.4% increase of $48.25 million in the All Funds Budget is, according to the report, “necessary to maintain staffing levels required for the courts to function efficiently and effectively.” For years, the Judiciary faced significant non-discretionary cost escalation without corresponding funding increases. The Judiciary Budget Request also includes an increase of $15 million for critical civil legal services to help ensure equal access to justice for low income New Yorkers facing housing, consumer debt and other legal problems pertaining to the essentials of life.