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Payments Return for Court-Appointed Attorneys and Arbitrators

September 4, 2009

Good news for those who do work as court-appointed attorneys and arbitrators in the Arbitration Center in Philadelphia.  Because of the city’s budget problems, payment for these services had been suspended for over a month.  With the recent $275 million loan that the city is securing, however, help is on the way.  As confirmed by Chancellor Sayde Ladov in her Open Letter to the Bar Association membership this week, court-appointed attorneys and arbitrators are included on this list of vendors.  So they will be getting paid soon enough.

Serving as an arbitrator is an essential part of the court system.  There are over 20,000 cases handled per year at the compulsory arbitration level in Philadelphia County.  Not only would it be a shame if folks would be discouraged from taking on arbitration appointments due to the lack of money, but due process in our court system itself would be significantly jeopardized.  Getting payments processed is a very positive step.

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  1. September 16, 2009 5:13 am

    The City of Philadelphia got the $275 million short-term loan from JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    Contact your local legislators to share your concerns about the budget. They give great weight to letters from their constituents. The budget problems are clearly causing hardship to many. If you belong to a union, create a form letter, distribute to all members and have all your members sign the letter and mail it in individually.

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