Orders of Protection for the Protection of Witnesses

AN ACT to amend the family court act, in relation to the issuance of
orders of protection for the benefit of witnesses

Became a law August 30, 2010, with the approval of the Governor.
Passed by a two-thirds vote.

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
bly, do enact as follows:

Section 1. Section 352.3 of the family court act is amended by adding
a new subdivision 1-a to read as follows:

(1-a) Upon the issuance of an order pursuant to section 315.3 or the
entry of an order of disposition pursuant to section 352.2, a court may,
for good cause shown, enter an order of protection against any respond-
ent requiring that the respondent refrain from engaging in conduct,
against any designated witness specifically named by the court in such
order, that would constitute intimidation of a witness pursuant to
section 215.15, 215.16 or 215.17 of the penal law or an attempt thereof,
provided that the court makes a finding that the respondent did previ-
ously, or is likely to in the future, intimidate or attempt to intim-
idate such witness in such manner.

§ 2.  This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.

The Legislature of the STATE OF NEW YORK ss:
Pursuant to the authority vested in us by section 70-b of the Public
Officers Law, we hereby jointly certify that this slip copy of this
session law was printed under our direction and, in accordance with such
section, is entitled to be read into evidence.

Temporary President of the Senate

Speaker of the Assembly

EXPLANATION--Matter in italics is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.