New York State Consolidated Laws
Family Court Act
Part 4 - Article 1 - Family Court
FAMILY COURT JUDGES
||Authority to visit school or institution.
||Authority to attend meetings of association.
||Activity in community organizations.
||Liability of judge.
||Temporary assignment of judges.
S 141. Findings. This act defines the conditions on which the family
court may intervene in the life of a child, parent and spouse. Once
these conditions are satisfied, the court is given a wide range of
powers for dealing with the complexities of family life so that its
action may fit the particular needs of those before it. The judges of
the court are thus given a wide discretion and grave responsibilities.
The people of the state of New York have concluded that legal training
and experience should be required before any person may assume the
office of family court judge and so provided in section twenty,
paragraph a, of the judiciary article of the constitution of the state
of New York. Judges of the family court should also be familiar with
areas of learning and practice that often are not supplied by the
practice of law.
S 142. Authority to visit school or institution. Judges of the family
court may officially visit any school or institution to which any person
within the jurisdiction of the court of which he is an officer may be
remanded or committed, and the authorities responsible for paying their
respective salaries are authorized and required to approve and pay the
necessary traveling expenses incurred by such judges in making such
S 143. Authority to attend meetings of association. Judges discharging
the duties of family court judge may attend conferences and meetings of
the association of judges of the family court, and the fiscal
authorities responsible for paying their respective salaries are
authorized and required to approve and pay the necessary traveling
expenses incurred by such judges in attending such conferences and
meetings, if within the authorized appropriation.
S 144. Activity in community organizations. Any judge discharging the
duties of family court judge is authorized to serve as an officer or
member of the governing body of any corporation or association organized
and maintained exclusively for religious, charitable, benevolent, or
S 145. Liability of judge. Any family court judge who in good faith
issues process in any proceeding under this act shall not be liable
therefor unless it is shown that his action in so doing was malicious or
a deliberate abuse of his discretion.
S 146. Temporary assignment of judges. Nothing in this act is intended
to prevent the temporary assignment of family court judges by the
appropriate administrative judge to counties other than the one to which
they were elected or appointed for the purpose of meeting a temporary
need for judicial personnel or for greater contact between courts.
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