For Representation of Indigent Parents in Supreme Court seeking Custody or Contesting the Infringement of His or Her Right to Visitation, to Litigants facing Contempt or a Willful Violation of a Child Support Order or Order of Protection.
Attorneys must maintain sufficient time records to ensure that vouchers submitted reasonably and accurately reflect services provided to clients. Time is kept in "Real Time". All activities on or after August 1, 2013 must have a start and finish time.Instructions for AC 35(8) Judiciary Law Voucher
The AFC Program has authority to pay reasonable expenses of representation, i.e., compensate nonlawyer experts, such as investigators, physicians, mental health professionals and social workers for services to clients that are necessary to assure effective representation.
The AFC Program prefers that you use the [Sample Supreme Court Order for Experts Assigned] and customize it to meet your needs.
For budgetary reasons, if the expert fee is greater than $1000, you must obtain authorization by e-mail or telephone to the Director or Assistant Director of the AFC Program.
Please provide enough detail in "summary of services" so that an auditor can determine what the activity was, e.g., Drafted proposed visitation schedule, or Telephone call with Respondent's Attorney regarding visitation.
The State is NOT responsible for the costs of representation associated with divorce, annulment or equitable distribution because those issues could not have been resolved in Family Court (see Judiciary Law 35)