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MAGISTRATE’S OFFICE DESCRIPTION The Magistrate’s Office serves as an immediate buffer between law enforcement and citizens and can authorize or deny law enforcement the ability to detain individuals suspected of crimes. In addition, the Magistrate provides services in disputes involving citizens versus citizens. These functions are available 24 hours per day. The Magistrate conducts hearings as the first step in the legal process to determine whether there is probable cause to move forward in one of the following statutory procedures: to issue arrest or search warrants in criminal cases; to issue a temporary detention order in either civil, medical, or criminal cases; or to authorize pretrial seizures in civil matters. Where individuals have been arrested, Magistrates are called upon to conduct bail hearings to determine whether they should be committed to jail or released, and, if released, the conditions of release. Magistrates preside over hearings, maintain order and proper decorum, administer oaths, define issues, interpret and explain pertinent laws, take testimony, question parties, and issue or decline to issue the legal process requested. The City of Suffolk provides additional local funding support for this State function. FY 2019 ACCOMPLISHMENTS 

Conducted neutral and impartial hearings for the public and law enforcement officers related to arrests, searches, emergency protective orders, bail, emergency custody orders, and temporary detention orders.

Conducted financial eligibility hearings for Fifth Judicial District criminal cases at the time bond hearings were held.

Engaged in training of local law enforcement officers with Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training.

Effectively worked with the community served by the Magistrate’s Office including judges, clerks, law enforcement agencies, jails, and community services boards in addition to the citizens of the Fifth Judicial District.

FY 2020 OBJECTIVES 

To conduct neutral and impartial hearings for the public and law enforcement related to arrests, searches, emergency protective orders, bail, emergency custody orders, and temporary detention orders. (Civic Engagement and Responsive City Services)

To work effectively with the community including judges, clerks, law enforcement agencies, jails, and community services boards in addition to the citizens of the Fifth Judicial District who are served by the Magistrate’s Office. (Civic Engagement and Responsive City Services)

To engage in continuing legal education and training of all staff members, as well as local law enforcement agencies. (Civic Engagement and Responsive City Services)

STATISTICS/PERFORMANCE MEASURES Arrest Warrants and Summonses Issued Search Warrants Issued Emergency Custody Orders Issued Temporary Detention Orders Issued Emergency Protective Orders Issued Commitments, Recognizances, and Releases Issued

CY 16 Actual 6,677 615 478 527 1,135 8,360

CY 17 Actual 6,603 831 456 553 1,239 8,619

CY 18 Actual 6,040 792 466 484 1,314 8,276

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Adopted FY20 Operating and Capital Budget  

Adopted FY20 Operating and Capital Budget