New York State Bar Association President Glenn Lau-Kee recently expressed his approval of the state’s proposed judiciary budget, saying that it increased the public’s access to the state court system and supported the priorities of the State Bar.
The proposed spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year includes $70 million for legal services for New York residents who cannot afford an attorney, as well as funds to adequately staff the state courthouse so that it can remain open until 5 p.m. every day. In the past, the courthouse has had to close at 4:30 p.m. because of budget constraints. The budget also will provide funding for 20 new family court judges, who were approved in 2014.
Lau-Kee said that the State Bar Association would propose allocating $5 million for the Civil Legal Service Center in Albany. The center, which would be in a central location close to public transportation, would house all of the region’s civil legal service providers, making it easier for clients to access services.
Employees of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates are members of the New York State Bar Association. They support efforts to provide free and affordable legal services to people who otherwise cannot pay for adequate legal representation or advice.