New York Consolidated Laws, Family Court Act - FCT § 311.3. Petition;  fact-finding hearings

1. When two or more respondents are charged in separate petitions with the same crime or crimes the court shall conduct a single or consolidated fact-finding hearing.  The court, however, upon motion of a respondent or the presentment agency, may, in its discretion and for good cause shown, order that any respondent be granted a fact-finding hearing separate from the other respondents.  Such motion must be made within the period prescribed in section 332.2 .

2. If such petitions, in addition to charging the same crime or crimes against the different respondents, charge other crimes not common to all, the court may nevertheless conduct a single fact-finding hearing for the crime or crimes common to all.

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