Concerns over the timeliness of judicial opinions are nothing new, however one member of the New York Assembly wants a codified deadline coupled with a definitive punishment. Under AB 8408 judges considering motions or verdicts in non-jury trials would have 9 months from submission of the motion/case to render an opinion. Failure to meet the 9 month deadline would result in the clerk of the court reporting the delay to the state’s State Commission on Judicial Conduct. The Commission would be required to remove a judge from office if
- the judge failed to meet the 9-month deadlines 5 times or more
- took longer than 2 years to render a decision in any one case/motion
In addition if passed AB 8408 would give all judges 6 months from enactment to render decisions in all pending matters over the new 9-month deadline.
AB 8408 is currently before the Assembly Judiciary Committee.