S 141. Findings. This act defines the conditions on which the family court may intervene in the life of a child, parent and spouse. Once these conditions are satisfied, the court is given a wide range of powers for dealing with the complexities of family life so that its action may fit the particular needs of those before it. The judges of the court are thus given a wide discretion and grave responsibilities. The people of the state of New York have concluded that legal training and experience should be required before any person may assume the office of family court judge and so provided in section twenty, paragraph a, of the judiciary article of the constitution of the state of New York. Judges of the family court should also be familiar with areas of learning and practice that often are not supplied by the practice of law. S 142. Authority to visit school or institution. Judges of the family court may officially visit any school or institution to which any person within the jurisdiction of the court of which he is an officer may be remanded or committed, and the authorities responsible for paying their respective salaries are authorized and required to approve and pay the necessary traveling expenses incurred by such judges in making such visits. S 143. Authority to attend meetings of association. Judges discharging the duties of family court judge may attend conferences and meetings of the association of judges of the family court, and the fiscal authorities responsible for paying their respective salaries are authorized and required to approve and pay the necessary traveling expenses incurred by such judges in attending such conferences and meetings, if within the authorized appropriation. S 144. Activity in community organizations. Any judge discharging the duties of family court judge is authorized to serve as an officer or member of the governing body of any corporation or association organized and maintained exclusively for religious, charitable, benevolent, or educational purposes. S 145. Liability of judge. Any family court judge who in good faith issues process in any proceeding under this act shall not be liable therefor unless it is shown that his action in so doing was malicious or a deliberate abuse of his discretion. S 146. Temporary assignment of judges. Nothing in this act is intended to prevent the temporary assignment of family court judges by the appropriate administrative judge to counties other than the one to which they were elected or appointed for the purpose of meeting a temporary need for judicial personnel or for greater contact between courts. Top of Page
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