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City Bar, Others Laud Passage of Civil ‘Gideon’ Bill (New York Law Journal)

New York Law Journal, July 21, 2017

City Bar, Others Laud Passage of Civil ‘Gideon’ Bill

“The New York City Council’s decision to offer free counsel to low-income tenants facing eviction is being applauded by legal service providers and the New York City Bar Association, which praised passage of the ‘historic legislation’….‘Providing a lawyer to a tenant facing eviction not only increases the likelihood that the tenant will be able to avoid eviction, thereby reducing displacement, disruption and homelessness, but should also be highly cost-effective,’ the city bar said in a statement. According to a 2016 study by the city bar, there is a 77 percent decrease in eviction warrants issued to tenants who had an attorney in Housing Court compared to those who did not, independent of the merits of the case.”

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