Assemblyman Lentol Introduces Legislation to Reduce Court Decision Wait Times

Lentol introduced legislation to split the New York Appellate Division, 2nd Department
December 5, 2017

Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol (D-North Brooklyn) announced today that he introduced legislation to amend the constitution that would create a New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, Second Department, North and South. The Second Department currently has jurisdiction over Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester counties. The new Second Department would be Second Department North and Second Department, South.

The Second Department has been widely reported to be overburdened with a caseload that some estimate to comprise of 40 percent of all New York Appellate Division cases. The high caseloads cause long wait times for cases to be heard and decided. Attorneys and litigants have expressed frustration with the costs associated with long wait times.

“I have received complaints from attorneys and judges regarding the overwhelming caseloads in the Second Department. No person should have to wait two years for a decision on their case,” Lentol said. “This is simply a bill to improve the judicial system.”