HOW TO APPLY TO BECOME A PANEL ATTORNEY:
Download and complete the appropriate panel application. Submit a completed application and corresponding attachments: Certificate of Good Standing, Malpractice Insurance Binder, and at least 4 CLE Certificates in the area of law you are joining, to the SCACP office directly or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please Note: Panel attorneys are not employed by the Suffolk County Assigned Counsel Plan, but rather are independent contractors of the SCACP.
Important Application Submission Instructions:
1. Download the PDF to your computer.
2. Open the PDF using Adobe Acrobat Reader, not your internet browser (right click -> open with). Click here to get Adobe Reader.
3. Fill out the form in Adobe Reader, when finished - click "file -> save as", and save it to a place you will remember.
4. Attach the newly saved PDF to your email and send completed forms to: email@example.com
Felony assignments consist of cases which are initiated by an assignment from District Court in Central Islip, County Court in Riverhead and\or the Village/Justice Courts.
The Felony Panel is divided into two lregional areas: West End Courts and East End Courts. The West End Panel services felony assignments which are initiated in the western towns of Suffolk County. The East End Panel services felony assignments which initiate in one of the Justice or Village Courts of the eastern towns.
Both West End and East End Panel members receive felony assignments out of County Court in Riverhead.
Admission to the Felony Panel requires that an attorney be admitted for at least five years or that he/she shows to the review committee significant experience in the practice of criminal law and criminal trials. Generally, this means that an
attorney for whom the five year requirement is waived must be a former District Attorney, Legal Aid attorney, or from a firm that does a substantial criminal practice. Attorneys must also submit a resume explaining their background and are only admitted upon a majority vote of the review committee.