Legislature’s Resolution Supports Civil Gideon

A new resolution adopted by the New York legislature calls for fair and adequate legal representation for all New Yorkers in matters related to essentials of life.

News Story (New York)

Joel Stashenko
New York Law Journal
June 29, 2015
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Tags: Civil Right to Counsel

Organizations mentioned/involved: New York Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services, Legal Aid Society (New York City)


While the Legislature’s just-completed regular session included bills expanding efiling and refining pre- and post-divorce maintenance guidelines, court administrators say a symbolic gesture by the Senate and Assembly will have lasting significance as well.

“It does establish a statewide policy of providing legal assistance for persons in need of the essentials of life,” chief administrative judge A. Gail Prudenti said in an interview Friday. “While it is aspirational, it allows us to work with our access-to-justice partners knowing that they are as committed as we are to providing this assistance.”