Friday, June 18, 2010

Public Defense Bill to be Included in Public Protection Budget

Governor Paterson just announced a new bill to create an Office of Indigent Legal Services and an Indigent Legal Services Board, in the Executive Department, to be responsible for overseeing and improving the quality of public defense services. See the press release here.

The bill differs in some respects from the bill included in the Executive Budget back in January, and has the support of the Executive, Legislature, and Judiciary as well as the New York Association of Counties. Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, who is to chair the Board, noted that the current public defense system has “produced very uneven results over the years and is broken” and said he is very gratified by the agreement reflected in the legislation.

Watch for details here soon!

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