Counsel's Corner: Criminal Discovery Reform
(WENY) -- A new law set to take effect January 1, 2020 as part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's criminal justice reform measures will make evidence in criminal cases more readily available for the defense.
The new rules require prosecutors share this evidence, known as "discovery," at the earliest stages of a case, specifically within 15 days of arraignment or arrest. If a defendant facing felony charges is offered a plea deal, information must be shared at least three days before his deadline to accept.
In this week's edition of Counsel's Corner, Attorney and Partner at Ziff Law Firm, Christina Sonsire, weighs in on the new change, and offers insight into the challenges the change could create.