(Kathleen Guild, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration, Sept. 21, 2017)
CSEA met with UCS Management for a Statewide Labor/Management meeting on September 14th. One of the agenda items that we discussed at this meeting was centralized arraignments. UCS stated that there will be four pilot programs, in Onondaga, Washington, Oneida and Broome counties. The Onondaga County pilot program will begin around October 1st, and the Oneida County pilot program may start sometime this Fall. The Broome and Washington County pilot programs will begin at the end of the calendar year. These are projected dates and are subject to change.
This initiative was the result of a lawsuit that resulted in a mandate to towns and villages to assure that individuals are arraigned quickly and that they are afforded the opportunity to have counsel available.
The centralized arraignments in the four pilot programs will be held in county or government buildings, other than in Onondaga County where it will be held in one of the courthouses. Unified Court System employees will not be used for these town and village arraignments. The town and village Justices will conduct the arraignments without any support staff, and security staff will be paid by the counties.
We will keep you apprised of any new developments regarding this initiative as this program moves forward.