Peoples Statement of Readiness for Trial in New York

In People v. Kendzia, 64 NY2d 331, 337, 476 N.E.2d 287, 486 N.Y.S.2d 888 (1985), the Court of Appeals set forth the means by which the People may effectively communicate their readiness for trial. The People may either: (1) make a statement of readiness in open court which is transcribed by a stenographer or recorded by the court clerk, or (2) send a written statement of readiness to both defense counsel and the court clerk to be placed in the original record. In the event that the statement of readiness is made in open court in the absence of defense counsel, Kendzia requires the prosecutor to promptly notify defense counsel of the statement of readiness (Id. 337.)