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JUSTICE COURT MANUAL
Unified Court System State of New York Town and Village Justice Courts

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In previous Town Board budget meetings, concerns were raised about the Judges not meeting anticipated revenue targets.

Justice Court Manual - Authorized by the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge
https://www.nycourts.gov/courts/townandvillage/finaljusticecourtmanualforuscsite.pdf

Unified Court System State of New York Town and Village Justice Courts
III. Justice Court Administration: 

 

Section B - page 18
 

Potential revenue payable to a locality is not relevant to Justice Court case decisions. While it is true that Justice Courts can be a source of revenue for their sponsoring localities, their first obligation is to do justice in each case without consideration of that potential. For that reason, Justice Courts are not to be viewed as revenue generating entities for their municipalities. As such, it is improper to pressure a judge to impose fines or other penalties as a way to raise revenue. Likewise, it is unlawful for a Justice to select the amount of a fine imposed based on revenue payable to the locality, or the cost of police time expended relating to a case.56 Even if Justice Court activities may affect the locality’s fiscal balance, the Court’s constitutional obligation is to decide every case fairly and independently for all litigants without regard for the sponsoring locality’s potential revenue and costs
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