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Upcoming Events

April 2014
Free Legal Information Fairs
In honor of National Law Day the New York State Courts Access to Justice Community Outreach Program together with the New York City Bar Association's Legal Referral Service and the New York State Court Officers Association is hosting a series of legal information fairs starting April 29, 2014. The information fairs present New York City residents with the opportunity to get free legal and procedural information about the courts, and free legal advice from an experienced attorney. Attendees can learn about the various community agencies that can assist in meeting their legal and social needs. The Mobile Legal Help Center will be at each of the Free Legal Information Fairs. See the flyer for more details.

May 2014
2014 Richmond County Community Law Day
This year, the New York State Courts Access to Justice Community Outreach Program celebrates National Law Day in Staten Island with our co-sponsors, the Richmond County Bar Association, Staten Island Women's Bar Association, Staten Island Trial Lawyers Association and the New York State Court Officers Association. The event will be held on Thursday, May 8th from 12 P.M. - 2:30 P.M. in front of 130 Stuyvesant Place, which is across the street from the Richmond County Supreme Court. See the flyer for more details.



Until further notice, New York County and Kings (Brooklyn) County Help Centers will NOT have Thursday evening hours. In New York and Kings (Brooklyn) Counties, the Help Center will close at 4 p.m.

Information on the Small Claims Arbitrators Association Training

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Community Seminar Series

Community Seminars are free and open to the public. To suggest topics, please send email to

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Audio has been added to the NYC Civil Court's Tenant Affidavit to Restore to Calendar DIY Form program. Audio can be turned on and off by the user. The goal of the audio feature is to improve the DIY Forms' experience for unrepresented litigants with limited English proficiency and lower reading comprehension, as well as users who process information better from spoken rather than written words. The program is available through the Civil Court's Housing website, as well as CourtHelp.

Breaking News: The Housing Court Volunteer Lawyer for the Day (VLFD) Program expands to Queens. Starting immediately, free legal representation will be provided in certain non payment proceedings in the Resolution Part of the Housing Court on Mondays and Fridays pursuant to the requirements of the VLFD Program. Current volunteers, please e-mail us at to sign up to serve in Queens. Aspiring volunteers, please register for our upcoming Bridge the Gap training to qualify to participate in this Program:

A new video celebrating the 40th anniversary of Housing Court is posted on the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program's YouTube channel. This video was produced for the New York City's Housing Court's 40th anniversary. On March 11, 2013 the Association of the Housing Court Judges, The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at NYU, and the New York City Bar Association held a conference called "New York City's Housing Court at 40: Controversies, Challenges and Prospects for its Future". This video is a compilation of interviews of many people who were involved with the formation of Housing Court, its implementation and its advancement.

The Civil Court is now accepting electronic filing in No-Fault actions. To learn how to participate, contact Eddy Valdez at 646 386-5417 or email

The Civil Court has a new easy to use DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Form that will prepare a personalized individual adult name change petition ready to print and file in a New York City Civil courthouse.

Small Claims Court Action Center (SCCAC) - Connect with a trained, local volunteer counselor for free guidance and procedural information concerning the Small Claims Court. Student counselors - trained and supported by staff attorneys - from all across New York State offer information, assistance and consumer counseling free-of-charge. Each year, NYPIRG counselors help hundreds of New Yorkers understand their rights and navigate through the small claims courts - from filing claims to collecting judgments.

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Continuing Legal Education

The Housing Court's Volunteer Lawyers Program offers free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) certified training to attorneys who agree to volunteer in the Court's Help Centers by giving unrepresented litigants legal advice and information. Register now by submitting an on-line application and email us at

If you would like to receive an email announcement of the next training, please fill out the on-line application

Eight and a half hours of Free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit is offered for our "Fundamentals of Landlord-Tenant Law" training course, including a half hour of Ethics. This required course is taught by experts in their field. In exchange for the free CLE credit, attorneys commit to volunteering in the Housing Court's Help Centers for a minimum of twelve hours over the course of six months.

Thank you for your interest in the Housing Court Volunteer Lawyers Program!

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Guardian Ad Litem Program

The Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Program offers free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) training to attorneys interested in becoming a Guardian Ad Litem in Housing Court. CLE credit is offered for attending the two day GAL training (9:00am-1:30pm each day), including one credit hour of ethics. This required course is taught by a panel of experts in the fields of legal and social work advocacy and landlord-tenant law.

In exchange for the credit, attorneys commit to taking on a minimum of 3 pro-bono appointments over the course of the first year following training. Pro-bono appointments are appointments involving a ward that is not an Adult Protective Services client.

To learn more about how to apply to become a GAL and register for the next video replay training on December 17th and 18th please go to Prospective Guardian Ad Litem Application Process. If you need additional information, send an email to *Note: Attorneys admitted to the NY State bar for less than two years cannot receive CLE credit for watching video replays, but are welcome to participate in the GAL Program.

*Note: Attorneys admitted to the NY State bar for less than two years cannot receive CLE credit for watching video replays, but are welcome to participate in the GAL Program.

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Small Claims Arbitrators

The Association of Small Claims Arbitrators provides 2 free CLE credits to any attorney, admitted to practice over five years, who completes the training to serve as a small claims arbitrator. Once you have completed the training, which includes one or two evenings observing an experienced arbitrator, you will be sworn in and may choose where and how often you would like to sit throughout the year.

For more information, contact Joseph A. J. Gebbia, Executive Director of the Association of Small Claims Arbitrators, at 646-386-3975.

Register for all classes by contacting the Executive Director of the Association of Small Claims Arbitrators, Joseph A. J. Gebbia at:

How to Properly Try a Case in the NYC Courts (2 CLE Credits)
Presented by Paul W. Siegert, Esq.
(Free to Arbitrators Association Members, Non-members $25)
December 5th, 2013 6 PM to 8 PM
New York City Civil Court
111 Centre Street, Room 325
New York, NY 10013














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