NYLJ: Family Court Struggles With Budget Reductions

Andrew Keshner 

New York Law Journal

April 29, 2011

Budget cuts have made this “the saddest and most professionally challenging season of my career,” New York City Family Court Administrative Judge Edwina G. Richardson-Mendelson (See Profile) said Wednesday evening.

The judge made her remarks during a panel discussion sponsored by the New York County Lawyers’ Association on “Doing More With Less: The Effect of Budget Cuts on the Family Court.”

But Judge Richardson-Mendelson said she had to “respectfully but strongly disagree” with the event’s title. “We will not be doing more with less,” she said. “We cannot do more with less. We will focus our efforts to do the very best we can in this difficult season but it will not be more, it will be less.”

The judge noted that Family Court night sessions are being eliminated in all five boroughs, and employees are being “re-deployed” so the courts can “get through the business of the day.”

And the day has gotten shorter. All but emergency court proceedings are being cut off at 4:30 p.m.

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