ALBANY – Despite state budget cuts, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said yesterday that some money may be available to increase legal assistance for indigent New Yorkers in civil cases.

Judge Lippman has aggressively sought an additional $25 million for civil legal services in the fiscal year beginning tomorrow, the first installment in a four-year $100 million increase. But that was thrown into doubt by a budget agreement Sunday that slashed another $70 million on top of an earlier $100 million Judge Lippman had offered in the Judiciary’s proposed budget.

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