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Pursuant to Article 18B of the County Law, the Assigned Counsel Plan has been providing quality legal services to indigent persons within the Bronx and New York County Criminal Courts since 1966. The Plan provides compensation to private attorneys for representing indigent clients charged with criminal offenses.
Attorneys are assigned matters by the Court and the Administrator's office when a conflict exists prohibiting the institutional providers, such as the Legal Aid Society, from providing representation. Panel attorneys are screened and certified to the Panel by the Central Screening Committee. Attorneys are compensated at a rate of $158.00 per hour. The Plan provides legal assistance for trial court matters as well as appellate matters.
If you are an attorney and wish to apply to the panel, you may obtain an application and information from this website. If you are a Panel Attorney, you may obtain forms and other information from this website. Finally, if you are a client seeking the services of a Panel attorney please click on the FAQ portion of this webpage to obtain further information.
A. APPLICATION PROCESS
1. You may apply for membership in the panel by completing the Application for Panel Membership and attaching any riders and other supporting documents that are required. Distribute the reference request forms to the individuals you list in answer to questions 28, 29, 30. Mail your completed application to:
Vanessa Burdick, Administrator Assigned Counsel Plan for the First Department 253 Broadway, 8th Floor New York, New York 10007
2. Your application will be reviewed for completeness and satisfaction of the minimum requirements. Applications are not complete until all references are received. You can facilitate the application process by urging your references to respond promptly. If the application is facially deficient, it will be returned to you with instructions. Otherwise it will be referred to a member of the Central Screening Committee.
3. The assigned Committee member will review your references, contact several of them, and arrange an interview with you. Usually this is accomplished within two months.
4. After the interview, the Committee member will recommend an action to the Chair of the Central Screening Committee. You will receive a notice of the Screening Committee's determination by mail. If you are approved for one or more panels, the Appellate Division will be notified simultaneously.
5. If you are denied certification to the panel, you may appeal the decision to the full Central Screening Committee and you may further appeal to the Presiding Justice of the First Department, whose decision is final and unappealable.
6. Once certified to the panel, you will receive instructions on the assignment and billing process. All newly certified panel members must attend a training session concerning the billing process and use of the 18B Web system.
7. Panel membership is a privilege, not a right. Upon certification to the panel, an Attorney's conduct and performance is regulated by Article 18-B of the County Law , the Indigent Defendants Legal Panel Plan adopted by the Judicial Conference in 1966, the Rules and Regulations. You are urged to familiarize yourself with these documents.
Please note: Trial panel membership in more than one borough of New York City is not permitted.
B. PANEL REQUIREMENTS
1. Applicant must demonstrate actual court experience in at least ten criminal cases involving at least:
a. Five negotiated pleas, dismissals, or other non-trial dispositions; b. Two litigated motions in which oral testimony was taken and a decision rendered or two preliminary hearings in which oral testimony was taken and a decision rendered; c. One jury trial which proceeded to verdict;
2. Applicant must submit names and written references of each of the following:
a. Two judges before whom applicant has conducted a preliminary hearing, a litigated motion or a trial; b. Two trial or hearing adversaries; c. Two co-counsels with whom applicant has handled criminal cases, or attorneys who are familiar with applicant's work through actual in-court observation (no cross-references permitted).
1. Appearance in court as co-counsel with an experienced criminal law practitioner on at least five criminal cases involving at least:
a. Three negotiated pleas, dismissals, or other non-trial dispositions; b. One litigated motion in which oral testimony was taken and a decision rendered or one preliminary hearing in which oral testimony was taken and a decision rendered; c. One jury trial which proceeded to verdict;
2. Applicant has taken or agrees to take within the next three months, an approved intensive course in criminal law, practice or procedure and;
3. Applicant must submit names and written references of each of the following:
a. The attorneys with whom the applicant appeared as co-counsel; b. One judge before whom applicant appeared as co-counsel; c. Instructor with whom applicant has taken approved course; 4. If applicant fails to take an approved course and submit recommendations within a three month period, he/she will be automatically removed from the Panel.
1. Applicant has taught criminal law and/or procedure course at an accredited law school, or participated as an instructor or panelist in approved seminars or lectures involving criminal law and procedure, or applicant was a law secretary to a judge of the Criminal Court, or Supreme Court (criminal term), or Appellate Court handling criminal matters;
2. Actual court experience in at least three criminal cases including at least:
a. Two negotiated pleas, dismissals or other non-trial dispositions; b. One litigated motion; c. One preliminary hearing; or d. One jury trial to verdict; and
a. The judge before whom the applicant has conducted a preliminary hearing, litigated motion, or trial; b. One co-counsel with whom applicant has handled criminal cases, or attorneys who are familiar with the applicant's work through actual in-court observation (no cross-references permitted); c. Instructor with whom applicant has taken the approved course.
A former judge of Criminal Court, or a former Justice of the Supreme Court (criminal term) who has recently retired or voluntarily resigned from the bench.
1. Actual court experience in at least thirty criminal cases involving at least:
a. Fifteen negotiated pleas, dismissals or other non-trial dispositions, at least five of which occurred post-indictment; b. Five preliminary hearings in which oral testimony was taken and a decision rendered or five litigated motions in which oral testimony was taken and a decision rendered; c. Two post-indictment jury trials which proceeded to verdict;
2. Actual court experience on at least ten criminal cases as sole attorney, or twenty non-criminal matters including at least five jury trials as sole attorney;
3. Applicant must submit names and written references from each of the following:
a. One judge before whom the applicant appeared as co-counsel in a post-indictment jury trial; b. Three judges before whom the applicant has litigated motions or conducted trials; c. Three trial or hearing adversaries; d. Three co-counsels with whom applicant has handled criminal cases or attorneys who are familiar with applicant's work through actual in-court observation (no cross-references permitted).
A former judge of a Criminal Court, or a former Justice of the Supreme Court (criminal term) who has recently retired or voluntarily resigned from the bench who receives favorable recommendations from at least three attorneys who practiced before him or her.
1. Actual court experience in at least sixty criminal cases involving at least:
a. Thirty negotiated pleas, dismissals, or other non-trial dispositions, at least ten of which occurred post-indictment; b. Ten preliminary hearings in which oral testimony was taken and a decision rendered, or fifteen litigated motions in which oral testimony was taken and a decision rendered, at least eight of which occurred post-indictment; c. Five post-indictment jury trials which proceeded to verdict as sole attorney and eight as co-counsel; d. Cross-examination, during trial of at least four of the following: -police officers -laboratory technicians -under cover agents -psychiatrists or psychologists -ballistics experts -fingerprint expert
a. Five judges before whom applicant has conducted a litigated motion or a jury trial; b. Five trial adversaries; c. Five co-counsels with whom applicant has handled criminal cases or attorneys who are familiar with applicant's work through actual in-court observation (no cross-references permitted).
A former judge of a Criminal Court, or a former Justice of the Supreme Court (criminal term) who has recently retired or voluntarily resigned from the bench, who receives favorable recommendations from at least three attorneys who practiced before him or her.
Applicants for certification to the appellate panel must have recent criminal law experience on either the trial or appellate level, be knowledgeable as to current criminal law and its constitutional requirements, and be able to perceive all relevant issues in a trial transcript. In addition, applicants must have knowledge and awareness of the legal issues that arise in criminal practice and to be able to skillfully enunciate the issues in a brief and support the points of law with thorough research, properly cited. Applicants must submit a sample of their writing, such as a brief, a memorandum of law, law review articles or other similar publications.
An attorney with good academic background, criminal law experience, the requisite writing and verbal skills, motivation and attitude should be able to skillfully handle appellate work. Therefore, the following minimum requirements must be met:
1. Actual experience in at least ten criminal cases, on either the trial or appellate level, during the past three years; 2. A writing sample consisting of a brief, law review article or similar publication; 3. Applicant must submit names and written references of each of the following:
a. Three judges before whom applicant has handled criminal matters on either the trial or appellate level; b. Three trial or appellate adversaries;
* Panel requirements may be waived if, in the opinion of the Screening Committee, the applicant is otherwise qualified by reason of education, training and other substantial trial experience *
*For Attorneys applying to a trial or appellate panel, the Central Screening Committee will not entertain their applications unless they are accompanied by two or more writing samples, including:
1. an affidavit, affirmation or complaint (without legal argument) demonstrating the attorney's ability to persuasively present moderately complex set of facts; and
2. a brief or memorandum of law demonstrating the attorney's ability to persuasively present moderately complex legal argument. A brief or memorandum of law which contains a complete statement of facts may suffice for both writing samples. The complexity and quality of the writings must be commensurate.
3. If the attorney is currently a member of the panel and is seeking to upgrade his or her certification, the writing sample must include a brief or motion prepared for and actually submitted in an assigned case.
*In addition, applications for the Appellate Panel must further include papers in opposition, any reply briefs, and the written decision of the opinion rendered by the court. *
CASE ASSIGNMENT RULES-PANEL ATTORNEYS
A. Assignment Rules
Assignment Procedures Cases are assigned to attorneys in one of the following ways:
(1) Through Primary Day shifts.
(2) By the Assigned Counsel Plan. The Administrator of the Assigned Counsel Plan, First Department is authorized to make assignments when requested to do so by the court.
(3) By Judges of the Criminal Court and Justices of the Supreme Court. The court may make assignments on days other than Primary Days when there is a need for the immediate appointment of counsel to protect the interests of the client.
Attorneys Eligibility for Assignments
Homicide Attorneys on the Homicide Panel are authorized to accept cases in which the top count is murder, manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide.
Felony Attorneys on the Felony Panel are authorized to accept cases in which the top charge is any felony other than murder, manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide.
Misdemeanor Attorneys on the Misdemeanor Panel may accept cases in which the top charge is a misdemeanor or a violation.
Appeals Attorneys on the Appellate Panel are eligible for all First Department appeals.
Primary Day Assignment Rules
Assignments are reviewed and overseen by the Administrator, and may be adjusted or limited because of attorney caseload.
Attorneys receive Primary Day assignments by submitting availability electronically through the 18-B web system.
Requests should be submitted in accordance with the 18-B web manual. Assignments are made on a rotating basis by the system taking into account the number of assignments recently received by the attorney and the number of requests submitted by panel members for a particular Primary Day assignment.
Duration of Primary Day Shifts Day shift assignments are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or as designated by the court. Night shift assignments are from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. or as designated by the court. The attorney scheduled must work the entire shift.
Scheduling Attorneys may not schedule any other cases during a Primary Day shift.
Attorneys may not split their primary day assignments with other panel attorneys. If due to scheduling, an attorney has a case which requires an appearance on a Primary Day, they must re-assign their Primary Day shift as they may not leave the courtroom which they are assigned to.
If an attorney is unable to cover his or her Primary Day shift, the attorney must notify the Assigned Counsel Plan at least one day in advance of the scheduled shift.
Attorneys should attempt to arrange coverage with another panel attorney.
If the attorney cannot arrange for another attorney to cover the shift, he or she may request that the Assigned Counsel Plan re-assign the shift.
Attorneys must also notify the part where they are scheduled to work and, if applicable, provide the name and contact information of the attorney who will be taking over the shift.
Retaining Cases on Primary Days Panel attorneys must provide representation on all cases on a Primary Shift except as follows:
(1) The client is not eligible for 18-B representation; (2) There is a conflict of interest that precludes the attorney from continuing to represent the client; or (3) The attorney is not on the appropriate panel.
Suspension of Primary Day Assignments Attorneys who repeatedly fail to notify the Assigned Counsel Plan that he or she will not be able to work a scheduled Primary Day shift or who do not appear for the Primary Day shift as scheduled will not receive any further Primary Day assignments. The Administrator will not assign Primary Day shifts to any attorney who does not satisfy the Primary Day scheduling obligations. Removal or reinstatement of Primary Day privileges lies within the discretion of the Administrator.
Primary Day Forms At the conclusion of each Primary Day shift, the attorney will prepare an “ACP Order of Assignment Form” for each case on which the attorney will continue to represent the client subsequent to the Primary Day. The Primary Day judge must sign each form. The attorney will then send the form to the Assigned Counsel Plan for entry into the 18-Bweb system.
Case Assigned Through Means Other Than a Primary Day Shifts
Homicide Cases Homicide Panel Attorneys If an attorney from the Homicide Panel represents a client at arraignment on a case in which the client is charged with murder, manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide, the attorney will remain on the case for the duration.
Felony/Misdemeanor Panel Attorneys If an attorney from the Felony Panel represents a client at arraignments on a case in which the client is charged with murder, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide or a Felony, the attorney must notify the Administrator who will assign the case to a Homicide Panel attorney. The attorney must advise the court and the client that the attorney is handling the case “for arraignment only”. The Court will then transmit an “ACP Order of Assignment Form” to the Administrator who will assign counsel from the Homicide Panel for the next court date.
Parole Violations and Appeals Parole violations and appeals will be assigned by the Administrator on a rotating basis.
Appeals Appeals are assigned by order of the Appellate Division, First Department.
Other Assignment Issues
Length of Assignment An attorney assigned to represent a client shall continue to represent that client until the case concludes, unless relieved by the court or the Administrator’s office. When a client requests that a matter be appealed, panel members are required to file a notice of appeal and perform other appellate preliminaries.
Clients with pending criminal matters If an attorney represents a client at arraignments and that client has a pending criminal matter in the same county, the attorney must handle the case “for arraignment only”. The case will then be transferred to the attorney who is handling the open case.
Clients With Reduced or Elevated Charge
Felony A Felony Panel attorney who represents a client on a felony case that is later reduced to a misdemeanor will continue to represent the client until the case is concluded.
Misdemeanor A Misdemeanor Panel attorney who represents a client on a misdemeanor case that is later elevated to a felony must withdraw from representation as soon as the District Attorney serves notice of intent to present the case to a Grand Jury, unless the attorney is also on the Felony Panel.
Clients with Out-of-County Cases In general, attorneys may represent clients only in the county on which they have panel membership.
If a client has a pending case in another county of New York City, the attorney may apply for approval to represent the client in that county. Requests will be reviewed by the Administrator.
All panel members must use the online payment system 18B Web. Upon certification to the panel all members must attend a training class concerning the 18B Web system.
Upon completion of a case, a voucher must be submitted through the 18B Web system within 45 days to the judge presiding at the time of final disposition. Vouchers submitted to the 18B Web system after 45 days will be locked and require additional actions in order for members to receive payment.
Duration of Representation
Once assigned to a case, you remain the attorney of record for the duration of the case unless specifically relieved by the court. This means that even if a client returns on a warrant after an extended period of time, you remain the attorney of record. You are obligated to make every court appearance yourself unless you have submitted an affidavit of actual engagement conforming to the Court Rules. In rare circumstances, your partner or another panel member may appear on your behalf; however, neither you nor the other attorney may bill for that appearance.
On several occasions a client's criminal matter may result in a parole violation hearing. If this arises you are to contact the Administrator's office for possible assignment to the parole matter.
Services Other Than Counsel
The services of experts, investigators, interpreter, and others may be obtained by an ex parte application to the court. All experts must meet the Assigned Counsel Plan's eligibility requirements.
The Assigned Counsel Plan retains a roster of experts, investigators and interpreters which is available to all members. The Assigned Counsel Plan does not make any representations as to the quality of those on the roster but simply states that they have met the Plan's eligibility requirements. It is the responsibility of each attorney to assess the needs of their case and properly vet the experts they seek to retain.
Acceptance of Fees
You may not solicit or accept any fees paid by or on behalf of a client on account of your representation on an assigned case, either during or after the case has concluded. If during your representation information comes to your attention that the client or someone on his behalf is able to pay for all or part of the legal costs, you must inform the court. It is the court's responsibility to decide whether the client is entitled to further Panel representation. In no event may you be relieved as counsel and then accept a private retainer for the client.
If a client whom you represent as an 18-B attorney is subsequently arrested and charged with another offense and offers to retain you as a private counsel, you may not accept the case without approval from the court.
All panel members are required to maintain a local New York City telephone number and an office within the Bronx or Manhattan where they can interview clients and witnesses. Your office space must be accessible to your clients. It is your responsibility to make sure that your clients can meet with you in a private office space. Exceptions may be made for attorneys who are only certified to the Appellate Panel and have offices in near by counties.
Pursuant to the Rules of Professional Conduct ( 22 NYCRR 1200 ), panel members are required to maintain files with contemporaneous time and billing records. Panel members must maintain all files and records from a case for a minimum period of seven years after the final disposition.
The Expert Roster of the Assigned Counsel Plan of the City of New York consists of experts who provide auxiliary services to individuals charged with crimes who are financially unable to pay for these services.
If you wish to be considered for the Expert Roster, please complete the Application for Expert Roster Certification .
Affirmation for Expert Services Order Authorizing Expert Services Order Authorizing Linguistic Services Expert Compensation Rate
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
1. How do I get an 18B/Panel attorney?
Judges determine who is eligible for 18B counsel. Therefore, before you are appointed an 18B attorney a judge must make a determination that you are indigent and cannot afford to hire private counsel. This is done at the Criminal Court arraignment.
If a judge determines that you are indigent, representation will be provide from the Legal Aid Society or other institutional provider. When a conflict prevents the Legal Aid Society and other institutions from providing representation, a judge will appoint a panel attorney. Therefore, you cannot have an attorney appointed to your matter until the case is arraigned.
2. How do I find out who my 18B/Panel attorney is?
If you were represented by an 18B/Panel attorney and lost your attorney's name and contact information you should call the Administrator's office.
For cases in Manhattan and the Bronx call (212) 748-0266
For cases in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island call (212) 676-0099
**Please have your docket number readily available**
3. I am an attorney and I am interested in applying to the panel. How long is the application process?
Once your application is complete it will be sent to a Screening Committee member and a recommendation on the application should be made within sixty days. Please note that applications are not complete until all references are received by the Administrator's office. Therefore, it is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that all their references are submitted. Incomplete applications will not be sent to Screening Committee members.
4. What are the panel compensation rates?
Attorneys are compensated at an hourly rate of $158.00.
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Suffolk County Assigned Counsel Defender Plan
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Defense-based advocacy services for the purpose of plea negotiations and post conviciton pre-sentence phases with the goal of providing alternative sentencing solutions.
The objective of the Suffolk County Assigned Counsel Defender Plan is to ensure high quality legal services for every individual represented under the plan. Both constitutional and statutory law require New York to provide counsel to certain individuals financially unable to obtain counsel. In Suffolk County, mandated legal 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.
Our implementation of a Holistic Defense Office combines an Interdisciplinary Defense Team who combine aggressive legal advocacy with a broader recognition that for people arrested and charged with a crime who cannot afford an attorney, that there are proper resources available such as social work, support and advocacy to ensure significant relationships are created and integrated in their representation. Pre-petition Family Legal Representation involves the provision of legal services to families after they have come to the attention of CPS, but before a petition has been filed in Family Court.
Our current in-house team consists of Spanish Interpreters, Criminal Investigator, Regional Immigration Attorney, Pre-Petition Parental Representation, Eligiblity Screening Services and Support Staff. Our staff and Panel Members are committed to providing the highest-quality representation. Our staff and Panel Members are committed to providing the highest-quality representation.
Pre-Petition Representation Program: Do you have a CPS case and need legal assistance? Contact our Family Defense Unit at (631) 493-0539
Our staff and Panel Members are committed to providing the highest-quality representation.
ELIGIBILITY RECOMMENDATION & PROCESS
Y ou must meet certain financial guidelines to be appointed assigned counsel. if you are financially incapable of retaining private counsel, you may request the court to be screened for eligibility for the assignment of counsel prior to your next court date. eligible applicants may qualify to be represented by the suffolk county legal aid society or the assigned counsel defender plan of suffolk county if eligible. you can contact our office at (631) 439-0539 or email the filled out form to [email protected] , murder panel, felony panel, misdemeanor panel, law guardian panel, family panel, supreme panel, appellate panel.
Your application will be reviewed for completeness and for satisfaction of the minimum requirements. Your references will be reviewed and some or all of them may be contacted. All prospective applicants are screened by the Criminal and/or Family Screening Committee.
Membership is a privilege, not a right. Upon certification to the panel, an attorney’s conduct and performance are regulated by Article 18-B of the County Law, the Rules of the Appellate Division, and the rules and regulations of the Assigned Counsel Defender Plan.
Suffolk County Assigned Counsel Defender Plan has an Immigration Unit that will aid appointed 18-B Attorneys in immigration cases. If you require assistance, please contact the Long Island Regional Immigration Assistance Center at (516) 560-6474.
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About The Assigned Counsel Plan
The Assigned Counsel Plan (“the Plan”) was established in 1966 to provide for representation of indigent individuals who were charged with crimes but who could not, due to a conflict of interest, be represented by an Institutional Provider, that is, a nonprofit organization which has as its primary purpose the furnishing of legal services to indigent persons through a contract with the City of New York.
The rules for the operation of the Plan in New York and Bronx counties were established by the Appellate Division, First Department; those that govern the operation of the Plan in Kings, Queens and Richmond counties were promulgated by the Appellate Division, Second Department.
Attorneys may apply for certification to the following panels:
- Homicide A1 Panel
- Criminal Appeals
Appellate Division, First Department
To apply for the panels in the Bronx and Manhattan, please visit the Assigned Counsel Plan page at the Appellate Division, First Department website .
Appellate Division, Second Department
To apply for the panels in the Kings, Queens and Richmond counties, please visit the Assigned Counsel Plan page at the Appellate Division, Second Department website.
Managed Assigned Counsel
The Managed Assigned Counsel model is responsible for the assignment of qualified attorneys to represent criminally-accused indigent people in Bexar County. The MAC was established to comply with the Bexar Indigent Defense Plan, Fair Defense laws, and the Texas and US Constitutions. This structure will support assigned counsel with holistic defense including case coordination, litigation support, and technology innovation for the best possible outcomes!
is to support ethical, effective, and zealous client-centered representation to the people of Bexar County, regardless of economic status.
is to ensure equal justice for all.
On October 1, 2021, Bexar County approved the creation of a managed assigned counsel system for court-appointed lawyers in Bexar County. The MAC office was proposed to enhance the quality of representation of indigent people accused of crimes in Bexar County. When fully operational, we will be the largest MAC office in the State of Texas and will include juvenile indigent defense, mental health services, and an on-site immigration attorney.
New MISDEMEANOR FORMS NOW AVAILABLE
Special Order 2023SO11 signed 9 October 2023 is now available, specific changes can be found in section II of the order concerning the filing of vouchers. The new order can be found on our Attorney Resources page.
Updated Misdemeanor Voucher Form and new DWI and Family Violence Voucher Form available on our Attorney Resources page.
Panel Attorneys can find forms formerly available at the County Court Admin site on the Adult Criminal tab of our Attorney Resources page.
New Attorney Application now Available
The new application is located on our Attorney Resources page. Applications should be turned in to [email protected] . More details coming soon!
Bringing Social Science into the Courtroom
This project is being led by Professor Eve Primus and the University of Michigan called Data for Defenders. She is collaborating with NAPD, Partners for Justice, Gideon's Promise, along with several state and local public defender offices.
The Data for Defenders is aimed at promoting creative and evidence-based advocacy through research. This database includes briefs, motions, and transcripts that make social science arguments readily available for whoever may need it, in and out of the courtroom.
Check out Data for Defenders here: https://datafordefenders.org/
Updated Felony Voucher Now Available
New Fee Schedule approved as of May 1st, 2023.
Updated Felony Voucher Form is now available at the County Court Admin site on the Adult Criminal tab of our Attorney Resources page.
mental health client resources and faq are now available
Resources are now available on the Mental Health tab of our Attorney Resources page.
While you are there check out our Mental Health FAQ as well!
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