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Acting Justice Juanita Bing Newton, the judge in charge of criminal cases in Manhattan, has been appointed to a newly-created deputy administrative judge position. Her appointment underscores the judiciary’s commitment to make courts available to the poor. In past months, the court system has recommended several initiatives to increase court access to the poor, including creating a permanent source of funding for civil legal services and enhancing the private bar’s handling of pro bono cases. Justice Newton, 49, says her first task will be to marshal support for increasing the pay of court-appointed lawyers to $75/hr.

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