Office of Court Administration

Contract with Lawyers for Children

The Office of Court Administration (OCA) is the administrative branch of New York State’s Unified Court System. OCA has contracted with Lawyers For Children since 1984 to provide legal representation for children in family court proceedings in New York City. For the period April 1, 2004 through December 31, 2006, Lawyers For Children claimed a total of $10.2 million in expenses under the contract. We examined whether these expenses were adequately documented and allowable, and found that they generally were. However, we identified $6,929 in claimed expenses that were not adequately documented and recommend that this amount be refunded to OCA unless the necessary supporting documentation could be provided. We also recommended certain improvements in OCA’s administration of the contract.

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