|The Family Law Committee of the Suffolk
County Psychological Association
(SCPA) and Touro Law Center are
providing consultations for attorneys,
whose practice is in the area of family
law, including matrimonial issues.
Click here to find out more...
Welcome to the Website of the Suffolk County Assigned Counsel
Both constitutional and statutory law require New York to provide
counsel to certain individuals financially unable to obtain counsel. In
Suffolk County, “mandated representation” is provided under the Suffolk
County Assigned Counsel Defender Plan, which was devised by the
Suffolk County Bar Association and the Suffolk County Criminal Bar
Association pursuant to County Law Article 18-B.
County Law Article 18-B authorizes Suffolk County to choose one or a
combination of several options for providing representation to eligible
clients, including public defender office; a private legal aid bureau or
society or, in Family Court matters, any corporation or voluntary
association or organization permitted to practice law under Judiciary
Law § 495(7); or the assignment of private practitioners pursuant to an
assigned counsel plan. County Law § 722.
The objective of the Suffolk County Assigned Counsel Defender Plan is
to ensure high quality legal services for every individual represented
under the plan. The county is entitled to consider costs as a relevant
factor in devising its representation plan, but it cannot ignore its
constitutional, statutory and moral duty to provide quality counsel to
those who cannot afford representation.
The Plan's intent is to provide representation to indigent defendants and
provide remuneration to counsel. The fee award provision is not
intended to completely eliminate the pro bono aspect of a lawyer's role in
representing indigent defendants, but to compensate the attorneys who
accept such assignments at reasonable hourly rates.
This website provides information regarding the 18B program, including
our policies, requirements, samples and procedures for compensation,
as well as links to other helpful websites.
If you are interested in becoming a member of our 18B program, please
download the application and return it to our office.
Thank you to all of our participating panelists.
David H. Besso
|COMPENSATION RATE GUIDELINES FOR
Click here to read about the guidelines.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT PAROLE
ASSIGNMENTS ARE MADE THROUGH
OUR OFFICE. NO ONE SHOULD ACCEPT
SUCH ASSIGNMENTS UNLESS
CONTACTED DIRECTLY BY THE 18B
|MENTAL HYGIENE TRAINING
COURSE FOR ARTICLE 10
The State of New York Mental
Hygiene Service held a training
course for 18B counsel to
become certified to handle
Article 10 appeals. The training
video and materials are
available online for interested
attorneys who were unable to
attend the training course. if
you are interested in this Article
10 Appeals Training, please call
my office for the link, user name
and password to access the
|CONGRATULATIONS to Murder
Panelist, Steven Fondulis, Esq.,
on the acquittal in his recent
murder case held before the
Honorable James C. Hudson
|The Legislature passed a bill adding
legal aid bureaus and societies and other
private entities providing services under
County Law 722 to the list of entities that
cannot be charged for searching records
of the DMV or for copies of DMV
documents. THE LAW ALREADY
EXEMPTS PUBLIC DEFENDER OFFICES
FROM PAYING THOSE FEES.