Attaching Copy of Protection Order in a Criminal Contempt Case in New York

In People v. Casey, 95 NY2d 354, 362, 740 N.E.2d 233, 717 N.Y.S.2d 88 (2000), the Court of Appeals held that, in a criminal contempt case, the best practice is to attach a copy of the order of protection which the defendant is alleged to have violated. Casey at 359. However, in Casey, the court also found that, where the information provides sufficient non-hearsay allegations that the order of protection was issued, was in effect, and that the defendant had knowledge of its provisions, a certified copy was not required to convert the information. Casey at 359-60.