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Village court has value

June 23, 2016

On June 28, Lake Placid village voters have the opportunity to decide whether to keep or to dissolve the Lake Placid village court. My comments are not an endorsement for or against such dissolution. They merely reflect my experiences as a village judge.

The Lake Placid village court has been in existence for many years. I was a judge in that court for 30 years. I began on the bench about six months before the 1980 Winter Olympics. I was the only judge for the Lake Placid court at that time. Not long after the Olympics, there was a noticeable increase in cases being brought before the court. Some of this was due to an influx from tourists and an active police presence. There was also a growing awareness of driving while intoxicated and domestic violence problems in society. As a result, there was an abundance of new legislation in an attempt to deal with these problems. The new legislation required additional legal procedures, which extended court time. A few years after the Olympics, a second justice position was added to the Lake Placid village court to help handle the continuing increase in court cases since the 1980 Winter Olympics.


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