Advocates credit new ‘Right to Counsel’ law with large drop in evictions

News Story (New York)

Advocates credit new ‘Right to Counsel’ law with large drop in evictions

March 27, 2019 | Michelle Cohen | 6sqft
The law is currently in effect in 20 New York City zip codes and will be implemented citywide by 2022. According to the report, 60 percent of the people who were able to remain in their homes in 2018 despite eviction proceedings benefited from legal representation under the new law.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction

As more people go without a lawyer, courts offer self-help services. Advice from the judge? No way

News Story (California)

As more people go without a lawyer, courts offer self-help services. Advice from the judge? No way

April 7, 2019 | Maura Dolan | Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
Zukin sees many non-represented litigants from her perch on the eighth floor of the downtown Stanley Mosk Courthouse. Judicial officials say their numbers appeared to swell after the last recession.
Tags: Pro Se/Self-Help

Immigrants Avoiding State Courts, Legal Services Due to ICE Presence, Report Says

News Story (New York)

Immigrants Avoiding State Courts, Legal Services Due to ICE Presence, Report Says

April 10, 2019 | Dan M. Clark | New York Law Journal
The increased presence of federal immigration officers in and around New York state courts has led to a sharp decline in equal access to litigation and the use of legal services by undocumented immigrants, a new report released Wednesday found.
Tags: Deportation | Immigration Process