December 11, 2012

 

SEQUESTRATION PUTS FEDERAL COURTS, LEGAL SERVICES FOR POOR AT SERIOUS RISK OF DISRUPTION, SAY LEGAL AND BUSINESS GROUPS


With the federal government facing the fiscal cliff, the president of the New York State Bar Association today joined with top leaders in business, the legal community and advocates for the indigent in warning of the severe impact of sequestration on the federal courts and programs providing legal services to those in need.

Seymour W. James, Jr., president of the New York State Bar Association, said it is urgent that the public's access to justice, recognized as a fundamental democratic principle, remain available.

"Chief Justice Warren Burger said, 'A sense of confidence in the courts is essential to maintain the fabric of ordered liberty.' Sequestration's draconian cuts would undermine this confidence, disrupting our communities, by depriving individuals and businesses of the right to redress their grievances in a timely manner," said James (The Legal Aid Society in New York City).

"In addition, sequestration's cuts to the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) would affect our most vulnerable New Yorkers- the poor, war veterans, domestic violence victims and broken families- by severely limiting their ability to have their disputes resolved through the legal system" he said.

To read the entire press release, click here.