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 lists, West End and East End. 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.
The Plan for Suffolk County requires that assignments, other than from the Murder Panel or in extraordinary circumstances, be made on a strict rotational basis.
Cases emanating out of the East End Justice Courts are treated similarly, except that in all cases, the clerks place the calls to the attorneys.
1. DISTRICT COURT CALENDAR ROTATION - The Assigned Counsel Defender Plan also has a volunteer calendar rotation in place for District Court, Central Islip, New York. Attorneys participating in the calendar are rotated on a
monthly basis and assigned a day in court in which they are to be available for any 18b assignments. In addition, the court will automatically assign a case to an attorney-of-the-day if such date is known in advance.
2. WEEKEND ARRAIGNMENTS - Attorneys in Part D-11 for weekend arraignments. As part of this “on-call” system, attorneys are required to provide a telephone number where you can be reached and be available to the court on
that date for arraignments. The Court must be able to get in touch with you personally.