Sex Offense Courts in New York State seek to enhance public safety by preventing further victimization. Hallmarks of these courts include early intervention, post-disposition monitoring, consistency and accountability.The Office of Policy and Planning for New York State Courts, is responsible for implementation and oversight of the Sex Offense Courts.
Many organizations come into contact with alleged and convicted sex offenders and victims of sex offenses, including district attorney’s offices, departments of probation, defense attorneys, and victim services agencies. Sex Offense Court judges and staff coordinate with these groups to ensure a uniform approach to management of sex offense cases and to promote the development and use of best practices.
The first Sex Offense Court in New York began operating on the statewide model in 2005. As of January 1, 2017, the seven operational Sex Offense Courts in New York have heard over 5,263 cases.
For further information on Problem-Solving Courts or if you would like to schedule a court visit, please contact the Office of Policy and Planning at ProblemSolving@nycourts.gov