New York State Consolidated Laws
Family Court Act
Part 2 - Article 1 - Family Court
NUMBER, APPOINTMENT, TERM AND COMPENSATION OF JUDGES WITHIN THE CITY OF NEW YORK
||Number of judges.
||Continuance in office.
||Appointment by mayor.
||Eligibility for appointment.
S 121. Number of judges. The family court within the city of New York
shall consist of fifty-six judges, effective January first, two thousand
fifteen. There shall be at least one family court judge resident in each
county of the city of New York.
S 122. Continuance in office. The justices of the domestic relations
court of the city of New York in office on the effective date of this
act, shall for the remainder of the term of their appointment continue
in office as judges of the family court in the county within the city of
New York in which they reside.
S 123. Appointment by mayor. The mayor of the city of New York shall
appoint the judges of the family court in counties within the city of
New York for a term of ten years.
S 124. Eligibility for appointment. No person, other than one who
holds such office at the effective date of this act, may assume the
office of judge of the family court within the city of New York unless
he has been admitted to practice law in this state at least ten years
prior to the date of such appointment. In making such appointments, the
mayor of the city of New York shall select persons who are especially
qualified for the court's work by reason of their character,
personality, tact, patience and common sense.
S 126. Vacancies. When a vacancy occurs, otherwise than by expiration
of term on the last day of any year, in the office of judge of the
family court in a county within the city of New York, the vacancy shall
be filled by appointment of the mayor of the city of New York for the
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