Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman (Tim Roske)
The state court system’s annual hearings on the need for civil legal services funding will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 22 at the Appellate Division, First Department, 27 Madison Ave.
The other hearings—one in each of the four appellate divisions—will be at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Telesca Center for Justice, One West Main St. in Rochester; at 10 a.m. Sept. 30 at Staten Island Supreme Court, 26 Central Ave.; and at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Court of Appeals, 20 Eagle St. in Albany.
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman will preside over the hearings with Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti, New York State Bar Association president Glenn Lau-Kee and the presiding justices from the local Appellate Divisions.
Lippman has held the hearings since 2010. At previous hearings, advocates for the poor, business leaders and legal aid providers have extolled the benefits of civil legal services spending, especially in light of social disruptions caused by the recession of the late 2000s and Superstorm Sandy.
State court spending on civil legal services has increased from $12.5 million in the 2011-12 fiscal year to a planned $55 million in the current fiscal year.
Those wishing to testify at this year’s hearings are asked to contact the Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services, c/o Chiansan Ma, Sullivan & Cromwell, 125 Broad St., 32nd Floor, New York, N.Y., 10004, or e-mail CivilLegalServices@nycourts.gov.
Editors’ Note: This item has been updated to reflect a Correction.