Legal Aid Society


Criminal Defense Caseload Standards Established

The joint efforts of The Legal Aid Society, the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, and 1199 led the State Legislature and Governor to enact a landmark law authorizing the Chief Administrative Judge to establish caseload standards for lawyers assigned to represent criminal defendants in New York City. In interviews with The New York Law Journal and The New York Times, The Legal Aid Society thanked Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman “for his leadership and dedication in helping to devise a solution to this critical problem.”\

The next year, the State Office of Court Administration established an annual caseload limit for the Society of an average of 400 misdemeanors or 150 felonies, with felonies weighted as 2.66 misdemeanors in mixed caseloads.

Judge Johnathan Lippman
Judge Johnathan Lippman