As authorized by a recent amendment of New York’s Judiciary Law and Family Court Act, the Remote Access Temporary Order of Protection (TOP) Project will permit eligible applicants, with the assistance of a trained advocate, to e-file their TOP petition and appear before a judge via video-conference from a secure, remote site such as a local Family Justice Center, senior center, shelter, hospital or domestic violence advocacy agency.For more on this groundbreaking initiative, click here.
The nation’s first remote TOP initiative to be implemented on a statewide scale, the program is being introduced in selected family courts in Broome, Chautauqua, Columbia, Erie, Monroe, New York (Manhattan), Suffolk and Westchester (White Plains and Yonkers) counties.
Monday, November 7, 2016
New Program to Promote Access to Justice for Domestic Violence Victims
New York State court officials have announced an initiative to allow domestic violence victims to obtain a temporary order of protection (TOP) via video-conference where traveling to or appearing in court would pose an undue hardship or risk of harm to victims.