Manhattan’s Night Court: Come to See Justice Served

Manhattan’s Night Court: Come to See Justice Served

For some people, room 130 of the New York City Criminal Court is a stage for personal drama and tragedy, a place where their lives hit a low point. For others, it’s just good theater.

Located on the first floor of the vast court building on the border of Chinatown, room 130 is Manhattan’s main arraignment court. In the city, defendants are usually arraigned less then 24 hours after their arrest, according to the District Attorney’s Office. In order to process these tens of thousands of cases each year, the court stays open seven days a week, 365 days a year, from 8:00 am to 1:00 am.

It is night court, the second shift of the day, that attracts spectators.

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Published on: NYU Magazine (January 2016).

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