NY Civil Litigants Would Get Lawyers Under New State Bill

Law360, New York (November 26, 2013, 3:17 PM ET) -- A state lawmaker from Brooklyn, N.Y., introduced legislation Friday that would provide litigants with counsel in civil matters related to bank foreclosures and health care and employment disputes, among other matters, backing a push by the state's chief judge for a “Civil Gideon” law.

Brooklyn Democrat Kevin S. Parker's new bill would establish a right to counsel "in civil matters involving the basic necessities of life" some 50 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Gideon v. Wainwright gave criminal defendants that right.

"Every year...
To view the full article, take a free trial now.
Try Law360 for free for seven days
Already a subscriber? Click here to login

Already have access?

  1. Forgot your password?
  2. Sign In

Get instant access to the one-stop news source for business lawyers