Centralized Arraignments Begin in Broome County

Centralized Arraignments Begin in Broome County

BINGHAMTON, NY –  Following a mandate established by the New York Court of Appeals stating that every person facing arraignments on felonies and misdemeanors must be provided a public defender, Broome County has streamlined the arraignment process.


Broome County has become the first county in New York State to start centralizing after-hour arraignments. The program, which began Monday, October 2, 2017 allows all arraignments between the hours of 7 P.M. and 7 A.M. to be held at the Broome County Jail. It will also be the central location for all arraignments between 7 P.M. Friday and 7 A.M. Monday.


Centralized arraignments began as a collaboration between The Broome County Executive’s Office, the sheriff’s office, local law enforcement, District Attorney, Broome County Attorney, the Public Defender’s office, the County Magistrate’s association and the 6th Judicial District.


“The mandate by the courts would’ve meant increased costs for the Public Defender’s office as well as place an additional strain on law enforcement,” said Broome County Executive Jason Garnar. “All of these different departments worked together with the courts to find a solution that is not only cost effective but is efficient as well.”


Currently, all arraignments between 7 A.M. and 7 P.M. will continue to be held in court that has jurisdiction.


The resolution to begin the program was passed unanimously by the Broome County Legislature during an August Legislative Session.

10/06/2017 - 1:41pm