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County Backs Proposal to Increase Assigned Counsel Rates in New York State

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County Backs Proposal to Increase Assigned Counsel Rates in New York State

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Legislature, without dissent (Legislator Dan Klein was excused), expressed support for a resolution passed by the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates, which calls for an increase in the assigned counsel rates in New York State.  The Legislature’s resolution states that the increase in rates should be a State expense and not result in another unfunded mandate for local counties.  The vote was a unanimous 12-0, with Legislator Dan Klein and Chair Martha Robertson excused.

The measure states that Assigned Counsel rates established by the State of New York have not increased since 2004 although mandated compensation for State judges and elected District Attorneys have increased, and that the lack of increase in rates and has restrained the ability of attorneys to participate and to provide quality legal representation under the Assigned Counsel program.