TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO INCREASE ACCESS TO COUNSEL IN CIVIL CASES.
Appropriates $150,000 from the General Fund to the NC State Bar for the 2010-11 fiscal year to provide $50,000 grants to three judicial districts to establish a Provision of Counsel Committee in each district. Tasks each committee with determining to what extent counsel is needed in civil cases affecting basic human needs and the most efficient and effective method for doing so. Provides that each committee will consist of at least seven members, including the senior resident superior court judge, the chief district judge, and other specified members appointed by the senior resident superior court judge in consultation with the chief district court judge. Requires each committee to report to the General Assembly no later than April 1, 2012. Effective July 1, 2011.