The New York Legislature recently passed their 2019-2020 state budget and the bill includes changes that will have an effect on criminal research in the state. The budget includes a fee increase for the Office of Courts (OCA) criminal records access as well as a change in how records appear in the search results.
The OCA fee has increased from $65 to $95. The change will go into effect once the budget is signed by the Governor, and this is expected to happen by the end of the day. The fee will apply to NY Statewide searches as well as the following counties, which can only be searched through the OCA database:
Allegany, Bronx, Bronx Borough, Brooklyn Borough, Cayuga, Kings, Manhattan Borough, Montgomery, Nassau, New York, Orleans, Queens, Queens Borough, Richmond, Staten Island Borough
Record Reporting Change
Undisposed (pending) cases will no longer be accessible in the criminal records search. This part of the bill will require extra time for implementation and the state has one year from the date the bill is signed to fully remove these cases from the report.
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