Erie County Court Judge Kevin Carter has been appointed Supervising Judge of the Family Courts of the Eigth Judicial District. As Supervising Judge, Carter will oversee the judicial administration of the Family Courts in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
In 2018, those courts disposed of over 59,000 proceedings. Erie County Family Court, itself, is one of the largest in New York State.
“He is exceptionally committed to the work of Family Court and assuring justice for all,” said Paula Feroleto, Administrative Judge of the Eighth Judicial District.
Carter was first elected to Erie County Family Court in 2002 and became an Acting State Supreme Court Justice since 2008. In 2018, as part of the implementation of the new Raise the Age legislation, he was designated as the Erie County Youth Part Judge to preside over criminal matters involving 16- and 17-year-old offenders.
Prior to his election as a Family Court Judge, Carter worked in the law firm of Sullivan, Oliverio & Gioia. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Canisius College and a Full Professor at Erie Community College.
"Every day the Family Court Judges of the Eighth Judicial District strive for justice for children and families," said Carter. "They are frequently called upon to determine legal issues in the best interests of those who often have no voice in court, the children of Western New York. I look forward to working with my colleagues to continue a strong tradition of innovation, caring and compassion within our Family Courts.”