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News Archive 2012


DECEMBER

Polish Instructions added to the NYC Tenant Affidavit to Restore to the Calendar DIY Form Program

An option for litigants to print Polish instructions has been added to the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Form program for unrepresented tenants to ask the court to restore a case to the calendar. Litigants now have a choice of printing instructions in English only, English and Spanish, English and French, or English and Polish. This is the first DIY Form program to offer this feature for Polish speaking litigants. The program is available on CourtHelp and the Civil Court's Housing website.

Spanish Instructions added to the Surrogate's Court Safe Deposit Box Petition DIY Form Program

The NYS Courts Access to Justice Program has added an option for unrepresented Spanish speaking litigants to print Spanish instructions when using the Surrogate's Court Safe Deposit Box Petition program. Litigants now have a choice of printing instructions in English only or English and Spanish. This free and easy DIY Form program helps people who do not have an attorney create court papers to request access to the safe deposit box of someone who died. The program is available on CourtHelp.

New Spanish YouTube Video created for the DIY Support Modification Petition Program

The NYS Courts Access to Justice Program has created a Spanish language video for the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Form Support Modification Petition Program. This video explains how unrepresented litigants in New York State can easily use the free DIY Form program to make the Family Court papers they need to change their support order. The video is available at YouTube.

New Language Features Added to NYC Tenant Restore to Calendar DIY Form Program

The NYS Courts Access to Justice Program has added new Spanish and French language features to the New York City Tenant Affidavit to Restore to Calendar program for Spanish and French speaking unrepresented litigants. Every screen of the DIY Form program has "Español" and "Français" links which open pop-up windows with the translations of the screen. The program can be accessed throughCourtHelp. The program generates instructions and pleadings in English, with a Spanish or French copy of the instructions for the litigant.

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NOVEMBER

New Family Court Custody/Visitation DIY Programs

The NYS Courts Access to Justice Program has created two new DIY Form programs for the Family Court. Litigants can use theCustody/Visitation Enforcement Petition Program if the other parent is not following the order. The Custody/Visitation Modification Petition Program can be used when the litigant wants to change the order. Both programs are available on CourtHelp.

New DIY Form Program for Unrepresented Litigants!

The NYS Courts Access to Justice Program has made a new DIY Form program for small property owners outside New York City to commence a squatter holdover proceeding in the District, City, Town or Village Courts. The free and easy to use program makes either a ten-day Notice to Quit or a Notice of Petition and Petition and accompanying court papers, along with instructions for the litigant to proceed. The program is available on CourtHelp.

Maureen Ball of Fulton City Court wins DIY Star Award

Congratulations to Oswego County Fulton City Court Chief Clerk Maureen Ball on winning the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program's DIY Star Award. Chief Clerk Ball earned the award for her exceptional contribution to the success of the DIY Form programs in the New York State City Courts. A ceremony was held at the Fulton City Court on November 1, 2012. Read more about Chief Clerk Ball's DIY Star and ceremony.

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OCTOBER

The Chief Judge's 2012 Hearings on Civil Legal Services

The Hon. Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York, is conducting four public hearings to assess the extent and nature of unmet civil legal services needs in all parts of the State in order to recommend to the Legislature and the Executive the level of public resources necessary to meet those needs. Read Judge Fisher's Testimony at the October 1, 2012 Public Hearings on Civil Legal Services.

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SEPTEMBER

New Licensee Holdover DIY Form Program

This free and easy do-it-yourself program helps unrepresented owners with less than 3 rental units prepare the court forms they need to bring a licensee holdover proceeding in the District, City, Town and Village courts outside New York City. The program is available onCourtHelp.

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AUGUST

Licensee Holdover Petition DIY Form Program

The NYS Courts Access to Justice Program has made a new DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Form program for unrepresented small property owners in New York City. This free and easy program helps litigants make the court papers they need to start a licensee holdover proceeding. The program is available on CourtHelp and the Civil Court's housing website.

YouTube Video created for the DIY Support Modification Petition Program

The NYS Courts Access to Justice Program has created a video for the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Form Support Modification Petition Program. This video explains how unrepresented litigants in New York State can easily use the free DIY Form program to make the Family Court papers they need to change their support order. The video is available on YouTube.

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JULY

New Landlord Guide for New York City Landlords and Owners

The NYS Courts Access to Justice Program has published a Guide for New York City landlords and owners, entitled: New York City Landlords & Owners: Questions & Answers about Housing Court. The guide is part of a series of landlord and tenant guides for unrepresented litigants in New York State.

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JUNE

French Instructions added to NYC Tenant Restore to Calendar DIY Form Program

An option for litigants to print French instructions has been added to the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Form program for unrepresented tenants to ask the court to restore a case to the calendar. Litigants now have a choice of printing instructions in English only, English and Spanish, or English and French. The program is available on CourtHelp and the Civil Court's housing website.

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MAY

New Safe Deposit Box Petition DIY Form Program

The New York State Courts Access to Justice Program has made a new DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Form program for Surrogate's Court. This free and easy do-it-yourself program helps people who do not have an attorney create court papers to request access to the safe deposit box of someone who died. The program is available on CourtHelp.

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MARCH

Queens County Civil Court Civil Clerk's Office wins DIY Star Award

Congratulations to the Queens County Civil Clerk's Office Staff on winning the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program's prestigious DIY Star Award. A ceremony was held at the Queens County Civil Court on March 22, 2012. The Star Award is presented from time to time to courts and individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the successful development and implementation of the DIY Form programs. The Civil Clerk's Office staff received the award because of their outstanding customer service and impressive usage statistics of the Affidavit to Vacate a Default Judgment in a Consumer Debt Case DIY Form program. The Clerk's Office staff demonstrated a concerted team effort toward the furtherance of access to justice for unrepresented litigants facing consumer debt issues. Read more about the Clerk's Office Staff.

New Tenant Restore Case to Calendar DIY Form Program

The NYS Courts Access to Justice Program has made a new DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Form program for unrepresented tenants with cases in the New York City Housing Courts. This free and easy do-it-yourself program helps litigants make the court papers they need to ask to restore a case to the calendar. The program is available on CourtHelp and the Civil Court's housing website.

New Spanish Feature Added to Support Enforcement/Violation DIY Form Program

The New York State Courts Access to Justice Program has added a new Spanish language feature to the Family CourtSupport Enforcement/Violation Petition Program for Spanish speaking unrepresented litigants. Every screen of the Support Enforcement Petition Program has an "Español" link which opens a pop-up window with the Spanish translation of the screen. The program can be accessed through CourtHelp. The program generates instructions and pleadings in English, with a Spanish copy of the instructions for the litigant.

New Spanish Feature Added to Tenant Vacate Default Judgment DIY Form Program

The New York State Courts Access to Justice Program has added a new Spanish language feature to the Tenant Vacate Default Judgment Program for Spanish speaking unrepresented litigants outside New York City with cases in District, City, or Justice Courts. Every screen of the Vacate Default Program has an "Español" link which opens a pop-up window with the Spanish translation of the screen. The program can be accessed through CourtHelp. The program generates instructions and pleadings in English, with a Spanish copy of the instructions for the litigant.

New Holdover Guide for Tenants Outside New York City

The NYS Courts Access to Justice Program has published a Holdover Eviction Guide for tenants outside New York City, entitled: Tenant Questions & Answers: Holdover Eviction Cases in New York State. This guide is part of a series of landlord and tenant guides for unrepresented litigants outside New York City.

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FEBRUARY

Congratulations to CUNY Law School, recipients of a grant from the New York Community Trust to be used to provide free legal help to New Yorkers in need in New York City eviction cases. CUNY law students and graduates will work with the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program's Volunteer Lawyer for the Day Program. Thank you New York Community Trust!

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JANUARY

The NYS Courts Access to Justice Program issued its 2011 report. The report is available athttp://www.nycourts.gov/ip/nya2j/pdfs/NYA2J_2011report.pdf. Highlights of the report include the following news: Housing Volunteer Lawyer for the Day Program extended to assist small property owners in Kings County; Bridge the Gap Training Initiative established; Intra-Program collaboration efforts undertaken; Uncontested Divorce Program replicated in Westchester County; New York State DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Forms generated more documents than any other jurisdiction; DIY Form programs expanded to District, City, Town and Village Courts; Added Spanish and French to the New York City Tenant Affidavit DIY Form program, making it the first trilingual program in the nation; Consumer Debt Advocate Assisted document assembly program created; Facebook Volunteer Lawyer page launched; Assigned Counsel Project expanded to Richmond County; Poverty Simulations held for Criminal Court; Free Legal Clinics held; and Mobile Help Center launched.

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