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Black wooden paragraphThis year, the New York State Legislature passed, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed, an overhaul to state discovery rules, following the example of traditionally more conservative states like Texas and North Carolina. This article addresses the broad sweeping changes to the Criminal Procedure Law, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2020.

By way of background, the bill resulted from years of advocacy work by many community organizations and criminal defense attorneys, including the New York State Bar Association, the Legal Aid Society and the Innocence Project, as well as legislators who understood the problems defendants faced navigating a system that prevented them from having even the most basic information about their cases until it was too late.

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