NYC Creates Office of Civil Justice

From the New York Law Journal:

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation this week to create an Office of Civil Justice, which will be responsible for coordinating civil legal services for low-income New Yorkers.

The office will fall under the auspices of the city’s Human Resources Administration and mirror the Office of the Criminal Justice, which was established last year. It will issue regular reports on the need for civil legal services by low-income residents and the availability of free and low-cost services to meet that need, as well as review budget requests from city agencies that provide such services.

In its 2015-16 fiscal year, which begins July 1, the city plans to spend about $50 million on civil legal services, up from about $25 million in the current fiscal year. In fiscal 2016-17, the city plans to increase spending to $65 million.”

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