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Empire Justice Center 2015 State Policy Priorities

All New Yorkers, particularly the most vulnerable, should have an equal opportunity to pursue justice and the road to prosperity. For too many of us, this is not an option. To work toward achieving these goals, New York must make investments and statutory changes in 2015. Read More

New York State Coalition for More Family Court Judges

Coalition Releases Video Documenting Inadequate Family Court Resources Close the Doors to Justice for Children and Families Read More

Empire Justice Center 2014 State Policy Priorities

Empire Justice Center 2014 State Policy Priorities Read More

Civil Legal Services Funding State Budget Outcomes

Legislative funding for civil legal services and domestic violence legal services was maintained and OCA funding included as requested in enacted state budget. Read More

Legislative Update: 2012 Budget Outcomes

As the New York State budget process draws to a close, Empire Justice Center is pleased to share with you several exciting achievements that will have a positive impact on low income New Yorkers. Read More

State Budget Results: Funding for Legal Services - Cuts, Restorations and Hope for the Future

The legal services community has suffered significant losses over the past few years as state legislative funding has dropped from approximately $13 million in 2009, to $6 million in 2010 to less than $3.5 million in this year’s budget. Read More


Civil legal services providers are a critical and unique component of the social safety net that our society has put in place to ensure that those who fall on hard times have access to the basics. Read More

Turned Away: A Snapshot of New York's Justice Gap

For two months in 2009, Legal Services Funding Alliance members kept track of the number of people who contacted them for legal assistance, but due to lack of resources, they were unable to provide services to. Read More

Civil Legal Services Fact Sheet

Facts on how civil legal services impact people across the state. Read More

Why Civil Legal Services are a Cost Effective Investment for the State of New York

Ensuring adequate funding for civil legal services is not just the right thing to do, it’s an economically sound investment that generates economic activity and helps state and local governments avoid substantial costs. Read More