New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman has scheduled a series of hearings on civil legal services.
The hearings are to evaluate to continuing unmet civil legal services needs in all parts of the state to access the level of resources necessary to meet them. As requested in the June 2010 Joint Legislative Resolution, the chief judge will report to the Legislature after the hearings, continue the work of the Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services in New York and request state funding to meet the unmet needs.
Hearings will be conducted in each of the four departments. Joining Judge Lippman will be Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau and Vincent E. Doyle III, president of the New York State Bar Association, as well as the presiding justice in each department.
The Fourth Department hearing, with Presiding Justice Henry J. Scudder, will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at Ceremonial Courtroom, Old County Hall, 92 Franklin St., second floor, Buffalo.
The purpose of the public hearings is to receive the views of interested individuals, organizations and entities. Oral testimony is by invitation. People interested in presenting oral testimony or making a written submission are asked to follow the procedures and deadlines as outlined in Judge Lippman’s hearing noticed posted at www.nycourts.gov.
Judge Lippman conducted the first set of hearings in 2010. The forums are planned to be annual programs.