Tuesday, January 16, 2007

New York Urged to Reform Family Court

"Nixzmary Brown was just 7 when she died, one year ago this month in Brooklyn, an apparent victim of brutality at home and neglect by the child welfare system. Since then, the city has added staff, upgraded training and addressed faults in the Administration for Children’s Services. Large problems still need fixing, however, and none so urgently as the city’s Family Court, which state neglect has left in something between chaos and despair.

Incredibly, the court has only 47 judges, a number determined by the state and unchanged since 1991. That is not enough for the court to oversee cases like Nixzmary’s as closely as it should. State legislators should increase the number of judges right away, and Gov. Eliot Spitzer should put the Family Court high on his judicial reform agenda." Editorial, N. Y. Times Link to Article (last visited 1-16-07 NVS)


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