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Criminal and Family Court Assigned Counsel Information
 
The Application Process:
To begin the process, the attorney should obtain a copy of the application form by downloading it, by calling (914) 761-3707 ext. 85, or by emailing assignedcounsel@wcbany.org.  The fillable/printable applications can be found HERE.
 
The application will be randomly assigned to one of the members of the Committee who will meet by phone or video conference with the applicant and evaluate the attorney's experience and ability.  The Committee member will report to the Committee at the next monthly meeting. 
 
After the Committee acts on the application, it will notify the Legal Aid Society's Assigned Counsel office through the Association.  The Legal Aid Society periodically updates and disseminates the 18-B panel list to the appropriate Courts which make the assignments of attorneys to represent specific individuals.  The Assigned Counsel Committees do not make or participate in the actual assignments -- that is solely the province of the Courts.
 
The purpose of the Assigned Counsel Screening Committees is to set the qualifications and standards for attorneys who wish to be on the panel and the qualifications differ for each of the criminal law and family law subcategories.  
 
Every attorney on the panel is required to apply for recertification every three years (there is no fee to do so) and must follow the same procedure as that for a first time applicant.

Qualifications:
Any attorney in good standing who has been admitted to practice before the Courts of the State of New York may apply to be a member of the Westchester County 18-B panel if he or she lives in Westchester County or has an office for the practice of law in Westchester County.
 
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