Utica, NY (WIBX) - The Utica City Court is implementing a new housing part to expedite cases of alleged code violations.

Beginning February 27th, the part will handle cases of unsafe building concerns, city code charges and civil petitions for demolition of buildings.

Utica City Court Judge Ralph Eannace, who will preside over the court, modeled it off of a similar procedure implemented in Buffalo.

The housing part is located in the Utica City Courthouse on Oriskany Street West, and will be open on Monday afternoons, starting at one.

Officials say the court expects to handle more than 650 cases in its first year.