assembly Bill A2749

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Establishes New York state public defense commission and provides for its powers and duties, including local fiscal relief for public defense expenses

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 04, 2012 referred to judiciary
Jan 20, 2011 referred to judiciary

A2749 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Judiciary
Law Section:
County Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง719, 720, 722-c, 722-e & 722-f, County L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A2496
2013-2014: A3616
2015-2016: A2874
2017-2018: A3867
2019-2020: A3864

A2749 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes the New York state public defense commission to oversee the provision of public defense services in the state; such commission shall establish public defense services standards, provide financial assistance to local governments and public defense providers for expenses incurred in providing legal services to the indigent, provide training to persons in the public defense profession and oversee the provision of public defense services in the state.

A2749 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 20, 2011

Introduced  by M. of A. PRETLOW -- read once and referred to the Commit-
  tee on Judiciary

AN ACT establishing  the  New  York  state  public  defense  commission,
  providing  for  the  members, powers and duties thereof, and providing
  fiscal relief to localities; and to amend the county law, in  relation
  to public defense services


  Section 1. Legislative findings and declaration. The legislature finds
and declares that in  certain  proceedings  the  state  is  required  to
provide  high  quality legal assistance to persons otherwise financially
unable to obtain counsel and/or afford the necessary expenses of  repre-
sentation.  Providing  public  defense  services  to  those  who face an
economic barrier to obtaining legal counsel serves the ends  of  justice
in  accordance with rights and privileges guaranteed by the constitution
of the state of New York and the constitution of the  United  States  of
America.  The  availability  of  high  quality  public  defense services
affirms the faith of our citizens in our government of laws.
  The legislature further finds that the  present  system  of  requiring
localities  to  provide public defense services with little state finan-
cial assistance and no state oversight does  not  and  cannot  meet  the
foregoing  objectives.  The existing statutory limit on fees for counsel
assigned to provide public defense services has resulted in  a  shortage
of  qualified  lawyers  to  provide defense services, thereby denying or
delaying the representation to which public defense  clients  are  enti-
tled.  The  present  system  has  caused court congestion and delay, and
eroded public trust and confidence in the legal system.
  The legislature further finds that localities are struggling to  carry
the increasing burden of fulfilling the state mandate to provide defense
services,  and  cannot  bear  alone the cost of raising assigned counsel

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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