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Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks

This past October, New York saw the first phase of the new Raise the Age (RTA) legislation take effect, setting the age of criminal responsibility in this state at 17. The second phase takes effect this upcoming October, when the age of criminal responsibility will rise to 18. Implementation of the first phase of the new law was the product of a highly successful collaborative effort among numerous agencies and criminal justice stakeholders. Within the court system itself, judicial and nonjudicial administrators across the state were integral to the preparations for RTA implementation, with a focus on ensuring that core values—fairness, community safety, continuity of counsel and court of record, and speed of case movement—were preserved.

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