NY bill would let town supervisors examine court dockets to determine if fines/fees collected by court have been turned over properly

Among New York’s 10 types of trial courts are the Town and Village Courts, known collectively as “Justice Courts.”  These courts are locally-funded and operated in about 1300 locations throughout the state (except NYC). They handle minor civil and criminal matters.

Under AB 2154 of 2103, the dockets of the these courts would be open to quarterly inspection by the town supervisor for the locality. The supervisor would be permitted to examine the court’s docket and  “determine whether the fines and fees therein shown to have been collected during the immediately previous quarter have been turned over to the proper officials as required by law.”

AB 2154 has been filed in the Assembly Local Governments Committee.