By: Jeff Storey
Cohen Seglias Partner Carol Sigmond was interviewed by Jeff Storey for his New York Law Journal piece, “City Bar Groups Wary of Proposed 18B Change.” The full article is available on the New York Law Journal website.
New York City may be preparing to alter the way it provides representation to indigent homicide defendants, alarming some bar associations and appointed counsel.
Right now, the bulk of homicide prosecutions in the city are defended by individual attorneys who are vetted by appellate court committees and appointed by trial judges under authority of Article 18B of the County Law.
Starting in July, the city apparently plans to give institutional providers first crack at the homicide cases. Appointed 18B counsel still would be used in multi-defendant cases where there is a conflict.
The city’s determination to change course on homicide cases was signaled by a “concept paper” issued last month. That paper will be followed shortly by a request for proposals detailing the criteria the city will follow for granting the homicide work starting July 1.