NY's Top Judge Backs $100M Budget For Civil Legal Access

By Pete Brush (October 29, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT) -- A $100 million fund for New Yorkers to access counsel for foreclosure and workers' compensation matters would be optimal, the state's chief judge said Tuesday, as he pushes to ramp-up civil legal services spending with the hope that a "Civil Gideon" decision can provide universal access for disadvantaged litigants.

In an interview where he rejected concerns expressed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo about raising the retirement age for many state judges, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman told Law360 that the funding level of $55 million for civil legal services could easily be scaled up since it's estimated that only 20 percent of demand...

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