CDANY Joins NYSACDL & NYSDA In Sending a Memo in Support of an Increase in Assigned Counsel Fees

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 7:58 PM | Jennifer Van Ort (Administrator)

Recently, CDANY joined NYSACDL & NYSDA in sending a memo of support for an increase in Assigned Counsel fees in New York. 

In this memo, we respectfully requested that Section 722-b of County Law 18-b be amended as follows:

  • increase Assigned Counsel rates for 2022 to $120 per hour for misdemeanors and $150 per hour for felonies and other matters, for both in-court and out-of-court work.
  • add a provision that ensures an automatic annual cost of living rate increase.
  • payment for the increase in rates should be an expense absorbed by the State; with the counties continuing to pay their current share while the State pays the difference.
  • the statutory maximum amounts should be eliminated in order to encourage adequate time expenditure on individual cases.

Please click here to read the full memo. 

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