The City Bar will be (virtually) closed on Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The City Bar’s building is open on a limited, appointment-only basis. To schedule a visit, and for the latest on how the City Bar is responding to the coronavirus, click here.
About Lawyers & Judges
Hiring a Lawyer
If you think you need the help of a lawyer, you may have a lot of questions about how the process works. An important step is hiring a lawyer who is the best fit for you and your case. You can learn helpful tips about hiring a lawyer here.
Working with a Lawyer
After you hire a lawyer, you will want to make sure you are working with your lawyer in a way that will help get you the best results for your legal matter. You can learn helpful tips about successfully working with your lawyer here.
If you have a disagreement with your lawyer about the legal fees you already paid or that you owe, the New York State Fee Dispute Resolution Program may help you resolve the dispute more quickly and less expensively than a legal action. The program is available to you if the fees in dispute are over $1,000 and under $50,000, and are not for a criminal or personal injury matter. To begin the process, you can file a client request for arbitration with the program in your area. You can learn more about the Fee Dispute Resolution Program here.
Complaints about Lawyers & Judges in NYC
If you believe a lawyer has violated the New York Code of Professional Responsibility, you can file a complaint about the lawyer with the Disciplinary Committee or Grievance Committee in the area where the lawyer is located. The complaint can be about the delay or neglect of your case, misrepresentation, conflict of interest, or mishandling of money. You can learn more about complaints regarding attorneys here.
If you believe a judge or other court personnel has violated the Rules of Judicial Conduct, you can file a complaint about the judge or court personnel with the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct. The complaint can be about improper behavior in the courtroom, bias, conflict of interest, or ex parte communications with only one side of the case. You can learn more about complaints regarding judges and court personnel here.