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Free Bridge-the-Gap CLE Pro Bono Training

Ethics, Skills, Professional Practice, in Family Law, Consumer Debt and Uncontested Divorce 14.5 Total CLE Credits: 4.5 Professional Practice Credits, 7 Skills Credits, 3 Ethics Credits, NEW! Pro Bono Practicum (earn up to 10 additional pro bono service CLE credits)*. See flyer for details

  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    Check-in: 9:00AM
    *Family Law Part I - 9:30AM -12:00PM
    *Family Law Part II - 1:00PM - 3:00PM
  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    Check-in: 9:30AM
    *Consumer Debt Part I - 10:00AM -1:00PM
    *Consumer Debt Part II - 2:00PM - 4:30PM
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017
    Check-in: 9:30AM
    *Ethics - 10:00AM - 1:00PM
    *Uncontested Divorce - 2:00PM - 3:30PM



2016 Report

The NYS Courts Access to Justice Program issued its 2016 Report entitled, "Working Toward 100% Meaningful Access to Justice.” The Report describes the significant advances that the Access to Justice Program has made toward providing 100% meaningful access to justice for all through multi-faceted programs and initiatives aimed at filling the justice gap. Some highlights include an overview of the court-based programs, technology initiatives, community-based initiatives and simplification efforts. The Access to Justice Program thanks all of the partners, friends, volunteers and court personnel who helped make 2016 a success.

New Help Center

Ribbon cutting at the New York County Surrogate's Court Help Center
Chief Clerk Diana Sanabria, Surrogate Rita Mella, Justice Fern A. Fisher, & Surrogate Nora Anderson

On March 1, 2017, Judge Fern Fisher, Director of the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program, Surrogate Nora S. Anderson, Surrogate Rita Mella, and the New York County Surrogate’s Court Chief Clerk Diana Sanabria hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the NY County Surrogate’s Court Help Center. The Help Center is located in Room 500 of the NY County Surrogate’s Court and is staffed by an attorney. The Help Center will focus on issues such as the probate of wills, the administration of estates, and guardianships. In addition, there are DIY terminals available for unrepresented litigants to use to prepare papers for Small Estate Administrations, Article 17-A Guardianship Petitions, and Safe Deposit Box Petitions. In addition to using the DIY Form terminals, unrepresented litigants will also be able to obtain sample forms, and ask questions about court procedures. The location, address, and hours of operation are available on CourtHelp.

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