The Article 18B of the Country Law was passed in 1966. Since then the Assigned Counsel Plan has been providing legal services to those who can't afford them within Bronx and New York County Criminal Courts. The Plan gives compensations to private attorneys who represent and indigent client charged with criminal offenses. The plan provides legal assistance for trial court matters and appellete matters.
The services of experts, investigators, interpreter, and others may be obtained by an ex parte application to the court. All experts must meet the Assigned Counsel Plan's eligibility requirements. NYFPIS meets all the eligibility requirements.