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Mission

The Office of Indigent Legal Services and the associated Indigent Legal Services Board are responsible for examining, overseeing, and improving the quality of New York's county-based system of providing legal representation to people who are unable to afford an attorney.

Organization and Staffing

The Office and nine member Indigent Legal Services Board were created in 2010 to assist county governments in providing counsel to those persons who are legally entitled to counsel, but cannot afford to hire an attorney. The Board is appointed by the Governor and chaired by the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. The Board is responsible for nominating a Director to run the day-to-day operations of the Office.

Budget Highlights

The FY 2019 Executive Budget recommends $161.2 million All Funds support for the Office of Indigent Legal Services, an increase of $51.6 million from FY 2018, and a workforce level of 34 FTEs, an increase of four from FY 2018. The $50.7 million increase in Local Assistance funding levels from FY 2018 is directly attributable to the statewide implementation of the Hurrell-Harring Settlement terms. In addition, $887,000 in State Operations has been made available to support the increased workload associated with the statewide implementation.

Program Highlights

Indigent Legal Services Program

The Office is responsible for the distribution of State funds appropriated to the counties from the State’s Indigent Legal Services Fund. The State established this dedicated Fund in 2003 to assist localities in meeting the duty to provide legal representation to persons unable to afford counsel. The Office distributes these funds to improve the quality of indigent legal services provided by the counties.

Hurrell-Harring Settlement Program

The Office is responsible for implementing the terms of the Hurrell-Harring Settlement, in which the State will provide counsel at arraignment, establish Caseload Standards and Eligibility Criteria, and improve the quality of defense in the following five counties: Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Suffolk, and Washington.

HHS Statewide Implementation

The Office is tasked with the statewide implementation of counsel at arraignment, Caseload Standards for providers of indigent legal services, and quality improvement initiatives in a manner similar to the plans implemented by the Hurrell-Harring Settlement.

ALL FUNDS
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Category Available
FY 2018
Appropriations
Recommended
FY 2019
Change From
FY 2018
Reappropriations
Recommended
FY 2019
State Operations 4,830,000 5,717,000 887,000 195,000
Aid To Localities 104,810,000 155,530,000 50,720,000 255,615,000
Total 109,640,000 161,247,000 51,607,000 255,810,000

ALL FUND TYPES
PROJECTED LEVELS OF EMPLOYMENT BY PROGRAM
FILLED ANNUAL SALARIED POSITIONS
Program FY 2018
Estimated FTEs
03/31/18
FY 2019
Estimated FTEs
03/31/19
FTE Change
Indigent Legal Services Program
Special Revenue Funds - Other 14 18 4
HHS Statewide Implementation
Special Revenue Funds - Other 8 8 0
Hurrell-Harring Settlement
Special Revenue Funds - Other 8 8 0
Total 30 34 4

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY FUND TYPE
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Fund Type Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change
Special Revenue Funds - Other 4,830,000 5,717,000 887,000
Total 4,830,000 5,717,000 887,000

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Program Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change
Indigent Legal Services Program
Special Revenue Funds - Other 2,310,000 3,016,000 706,000
HHS Statewide Implementation
Special Revenue Funds - Other 1,250,000 1,402,000 152,000
Hurrell-Harring Settlement
Special Revenue Funds - Other 1,270,000 1,299,000 29,000
Total 4,830,000 5,717,000 887,000

STATE OPERATIONS - OTHER THAN GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Personal Service
Amount Change Amount Change
Indigent Legal Services Program 3,016,000 706,000 1,591,000 371,000
HHS Statewide Implementation 1,402,000 152,000 682,000 82,000
Hurrell-Harring Settlement 1,299,000 29,000 724,000 24,000
Total 5,717,000 887,000 2,997,000 477,000
STATE OPERATIONS - OTHER THAN GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Nonpersonal Service
Amount Change
Indigent Legal Services Program 1,425,000 335,000
HHS Statewide Implementation 720,000 70,000
Hurrell-Harring Settlement 575,000 5,000
Total 2,720,000 410,000

AID TO LOCALITIES
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY FUND TYPE
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Fund Type Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change
Special Revenue Funds - Other 104,810,000 155,530,000 50,720,000
Total 104,810,000 155,530,000 50,720,000

AID TO LOCALITIES
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Program Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change
Indigent Legal Services Program
Special Revenue Funds - Other 81,000,000 81,000,000 0
HHS Statewide Implementation
Special Revenue Funds - Other 0 50,720,000 50,720,000
Hurrell-Harring Settlement
Special Revenue Funds - Other 23,810,000 23,810,000 0
Total 104,810,000 155,530,000 50,720,000

Note: Most recent estimates as of 01/16/2018

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