COOPERSTOWN – The Otsego County Jail is joining others in the region by planning to centralize the location of arraignments beginning Oct 1, 2019. Oneida County Jail adopted this process two years ago in accordance with New York State law.
The Otsego County Board of Representatives has approved the resolution supporting centralized arraignments.
The state adopted a law in 2017, allowing judges from towns and villages to arraign defendants in the jail.
“…We hope it streamlines the process because there will be judges and public defenders on call, so when they get a call for an arraignment we know we'll have people coming which will hopefully make the arraignment process faster and more efficient, and get law enforcement back on the road to handle complaints," said Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin.
Otsego County Jail has designated a place in the lobby to hold arraignments.