Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman’s Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services. In its 2010 and 2011 Reports, the Task Force found that there is an unacceptable crisis of the unrepresented in the courts of New York State. Each year, more than 2.3 million low income New Yorkers must navigate the complexities of the State’s civil justice system without the assistance of counsel in disputes over the most basic necessities of life. This crisis burdens our courts and represented parties by requiring Judges and other court personnel to devote greater time to cases involving unrepresented New Yorkers than would be necessary if currently unrepresented parties were assisted by counsel. It prevents unrepresented parties from receiving full access to justice. And it hurts our State by reducing the amount of federal assistance for New Yorkers and by increasing other costs arising from poverty.
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