File #: Res 0117-2022    Version: * Name: Mandate the Office of Court Administration to update the securing order form to include a gender X option.
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Women and Gender Equity
On agenda: 4/14/2022
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, a bill that would mandate the Office of Court Administration to update the securing order form to include a gender X option.
Sponsors: Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Crystal Hudson, Lynn C. Schulman, Erik D. Bottcher, Tiffany Cabán, Chi A. Ossé, Kristin Richardson Jordan, Shahana K. Hanif, Gale A. Brewer, Julie Won, Lincoln Restler, Shekar Krishnan, Sandy Nurse
Council Member Sponsors: 13
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 117, 2. April 14, 2022 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 3. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4-14-22
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Res. No. 117

 

Resolution calling on the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, a bill that would mandate the Office of Court Administration to update the securing order form to include a gender X option.

 

By The Public Advocate (Mr. Williams) and Council Members Hudson, Schulman, Bottcher, Cabán, Ossé, Richardson Jordan, Hanif, Brewer, Won, Restler, Krishnan and Nurse

 

Whereas, The Office of Court Administration’s (OCA) Securing Order form collects basic demographic information about a criminal defendant at arraignment; and

Whereas, The Securing Order form features a question with a check box for female and male only and auto-filled with information contained in the New York City Police Department and the District Attorney’s paperwork where gender markers are frequently marked incorrectly as defendants are unable to self-identify; and

Whereas, Consequently, this strict binary option excludes New Yorkers who do not identify as male or female, or do not wish to identify; and

Whereas, In an effort to be inclusive, the New York court system announced in 2019 its plan to expand the gender options on jury forms to be more inclusive of New Yorkers who do not identify as male or female; and

Whereas, The new jury form, according to an OCA spokesman, would include the gender options female, male, transgender, non-binary, intersex and other; and

Whereas, The OCA has not made a similar public announcement about the Securing Order form; and

Whereas, States and cities have moved to expand gender options on state-issued identification documents to acknowledge the existence of intersex, transgender, and non-binary individuals; and 

Whereas, At least fourteen states, including the District of Columbia, offer a gender X option on driver’s licenses, so people who do not identify as female or male can choose X instead; and

Whereas, New York City began offering a gender X option on birth certificates in 2019, allowing New Yorkers to make changes to their birth certificate to reflect a gender X designation without physician authorization; and

Whereas, Updating the Securing Order form to reflect a gender X option would bring New York a step closer in recognizing the rights and dignity of intersex, transgender, and non-binary New Yorkers; and now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, a bill that would mandate the Office of Court Administration to update the securing order form to include a gender x option.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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