Justice Gap Remains Wide, Hearing Witnesses Say

Despite additional funding, the justice gap is nowhere close to being closed testified multiple people at a Lippman's Task Force public hearing.

News Story (New York)

Tania Karas
New York Law Journal
September 23, 2014
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Tags: Funding: State & Local, Justice Gap

Organizations mentioned/involved: New York City Bar Association, Legal Aid Society (New York City), City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) (NY)


Speakers at a public hearing Monday said the state is nowhere near closing a “justice gap” in legal representation for low-income New Yorkers despite increased funding for civil legal services in recent years.

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, City Corporation Counsel Zachary Carter and New York City Bar Association president Debra Raskin were among nine people who testified before Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman on the city’s progress in expanding civil legal services while warning of work ahead if the judiciary expects to make good on its goal of equal justice for all.