senate Bill S1279

Signed By Governor
2021-2022 Legislative Session

Streamlines the assignment of appellate counsel for indigent criminal defendants

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Current Bill Status Via A5689 - Signed by Governor


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor

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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Nov 15, 2021 signed chap.616
Nov 03, 2021 delivered to governor
Jun 03, 2021 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1437
substituted for s1279
Jun 03, 2021 substituted by a5689
Jun 02, 2021 ordered to third reading cal.1437
committee discharged and committed to rules
Mar 08, 2021 reported and committed to finance
Jan 08, 2021 referred to codes

Votes

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Jun 2, 2021 - Rules committee Vote

S1279
15
0
committee
15
Aye
0
Nay
6
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Mar 8, 2021 - Codes committee Vote

S1279
9
1
committee
9
Aye
1
Nay
3
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Codes Committee Vote: Mar 8, 2021

nay (1)
aye wr (3)

Co-Sponsors

S1279 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5689
Law Section:
Criminal Procedure Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §380.55, CP L

S1279 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Streamlines the assignment of appellate counsel for indigent criminal defendants appealing their convictions in order to save time, money and resources to provide enhanced access to justice for vulnerable individuals.

S1279 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1279 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   1279
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                              January 8, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  BAILEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes
 
 AN ACT to amend the criminal procedure law, in relation to  streamlining
   the assignment of appellate counsel for indigent criminal defendants
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. Section 380.55 of the criminal procedure law, as  added  by
 chapter 459 of the laws of 2016, is amended to read as follows:
 § 380.55 Application for poor person relief on appeal.
   1. Where counsel has been assigned to represent a defendant [at trial]
 IN  A  CRIMINAL  ACTION  on the ground that the defendant is financially
 unable to retain counsel, the court may in its discretion at the time of
 sentencing entertain an application to grant the defendant  poor  person
 relief  on  appeal.  As part of an application for such relief, assigned
 counsel must represent that the defendant continues to be  eligible  for
 assignment  of  counsel  and that granting the application will expedite
 the appeal. If the court grants the application, it shall file a written
 order and shall provide a copy of the order to the appropriate appellate
 court. The denial of an application shall  not  preclude  the  defendant
 from  making  a de novo application for poor person relief to the appro-
 priate appellate court.
   2. WHERE COUNSEL HAS BEEN ASSIGNED TO REPRESENT A DEFENDANT IN A CRIM-
 INAL ACTION ON THE GROUND THAT THE DEFENDANT IS  FINANCIALLY  UNABLE  TO
 RETAIN COUNSEL, THE APPELLATE COURT SHALL PRESUME THE DEFENDANT ELIGIBLE
 FOR  ASSIGNMENT  OF COUNSEL ON APPEAL WITHOUT FURTHER PROOF OF ELIGIBIL-
 ITY, AND, THEREBY, ISSUE AN ORDER ASSIGNING  SUCH  COUNSEL,  IF  COUNSEL
 PROVIDES  A  SWORN  REPRESENTATION  THAT  THE  DEFENDANT CONTINUES TO BE
 ELIGIBLE FOR ASSIGNMENT OF COUNSEL.
   § 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
 have become a law.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD02759-01-1

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