A New York State Bar Association task force studying the state’s Family Court system, placing particular emphasis on its impact on children and families, will convene the third of four statewide hearings on Thursday on Long Island.
The Task Force on Family Court hearing, in the Appellate Division, Second Department, will be at the Nassau County Bar Association in Mineola.
During the past decade, family courts have seen their workloads rising as the number of cases involving child custody, visitation and child support increases.
“The growing burden placed on our Family Court system is having a direct impact on our most vulnerable population — our children,” said NYSBA President Vincent E. Doyle III of Buffalo (Connors & Vilardo). “With these hearings, we are collecting information from a variety of experts that we hope will lead to improved conditions for children and the courts.”
The task force previously held hearings in Albany and New York City. The final hearing is scheduled for March 29 in Buffalo.
“We were impressed with the depth of information we received during the first two hearings, and expect to gain further insights from the Long Island and Buffalo forums,” said task force Co-chair Susan B. Lindenauer, retired counsel to the president and attorney-in-chief of The Legal Aid Society of New York City.
“The testimony will be very valuable in shaping our recommendations for improving the Family Court system,” said Broome County Family Court Judge Mary Rita Connerton, who co-chairs the task force.
Among those expected to testify are Family Court judges and others affiliated with the courts, local bar associations, legal service groups and organizations that serve children, families and battered women.
The 35-member task force, created in 2010, will issue its preliminary report in June and a final report in November which will be presented to the state chief administrative judge and others for consideration.