News Story (New York)
Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
April 5, 2015
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Tags: Civil Right to Counsel, Courts, Funding: State & Local
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society (New York City)
The newly approved state budget, allocated $85 million for indigent civil legal services at the request of the state judiciary, an increase of $15 million from the previous fiscal year.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recommended in his preliminary budget proposal spending $36 million on free legal services in housing court, which would bring the city’s total spending on civil legal services up to about $50 million.
A majority of City Council members have signed onto a bill requiring free counsel for indigent defendants in eviction cases. If passed, it would be the first such mandate in the country. A separate bill introduced last week would establish the Mayor’s Office of Civil Justice to oversee the city’s civil legal services.