S 121. Number of judges. The family court within the city of New York shall consist of fifty-six judges, effective January first, two thousand fifteen. There shall be at least one family court judge resident in each county of the city of New York. S 122. Continuance in office. The justices of the domestic relations court of the city of New York in office on the effective date of this act, shall for the remainder of the term of their appointment continue in office as judges of the family court in the county within the city of New York in which they reside. S 123. Appointment by mayor. The mayor of the city of New York shall appoint the judges of the family court in counties within the city of New York for a term of ten years. S 124. Eligibility for appointment. No person, other than one who holds such office at the effective date of this act, may assume the office of judge of the family court within the city of New York unless he has been admitted to practice law in this state at least ten years prior to the date of such appointment. In making such appointments, the mayor of the city of New York shall select persons who are especially qualified for the court's work by reason of their character, personality, tact, patience and common sense. S 126. Vacancies. When a vacancy occurs, otherwise than by expiration of term on the last day of any year, in the office of judge of the family court in a county within the city of New York, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment of the mayor of the city of New York for the unexpired term. Top of Page
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