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May 17, 2012

NY Chief Judge pushing for new courts to try older teens for non-violent offenses

This article from the New York Law Journal discusses a prominent jurist advocating for a novel way for the criminal justice system to handle crimes by older teens.  The article is headlined "Lippman Urges Passage of Bill to Up Age of Criminal Responsibility," and here is how it starts:

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman has begun an aggressive campaign to achieve his top legislative priority: passage of a court system reform that would raise to 18 from 16 the age of criminal responsibility for non-violent crimes.

"You've got to sell it and you have to explain it and you've got to gather the support and build some momentum. That's how things get done in this state," Lippman said in an interview yesterday after he delivered his pitch on juvenile justice to about 150 prosecutors at the New York Prosecutors Training Institute's continuing legal education program in Brooklyn.

"We're continually talking to the different stakeholders," he said. "We're talking to everybody who is a part of this legislative process, both in Albany and the players around the state."

The bill, sent to the state Legislature last month, would establish a "Youth Division" in state superior courts — Supreme Court in New York City and County Courts upstate — to hear misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges against 16- and 17-year-olds (NYLJ, March 2). The hybrid court parts would blend the rehabilitative approach of Family Court with adult criminal courts procedure and protections.

Lippman said many stakeholders — such as prosecutors, probation departments, the defense bar and county government and municipalities — agree in essence with the courts' initiative. However, questions have been raised about its costs and mechanics.

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Maybe we also need new special courts for

Old Farts!

personaly i think we have anough of a trust issue what we NEED is ONE COURT for the WHOLE COUNTRY! Where everyone sees the same set of judges and get's the SAME JUSTICE!

Posted by: rodsmith | May 17, 2012 9:46:51 AM

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