Office of Court Administration

Construction and Improvement of Court Facilities

Localities are responsible for maintaining the court facilities in New York State. As a result of deteriorating conditions in many of these facilities, the localities were required by the Court Facilities Act of 1987 to assess their facilities and submit a capital improvement plan within two years. We found that most of the localities submitted their plans on time, but many of the localities had made little progress in implementing the plans. The progress in New York City was particularly slow. Local officials told us that the financial incentives provided under the Court Facilities Act (for example, some of the interest costs incurred by the localities in making capital improvements are reimbursed by the State) are not sufficient to encourage the localities to incur the large amounts of debt that are often needed to finance the improvements. We raised questions aimed at improving the progress of court facility renovations. 94-S-70