N.Y. judge extends pro bono privacy

ALBANY, N.Y. — Court administrators have decided to let New York lawyers shield from public view their new mandatory reports on how much free legal work they do.

The Administrative Board of the Courts in August amended the professional conduct rules to keep those records confidential through April 2015.

The option of confidential treatment during this ‘‘two-year phase-in period’’ was deemed appropriate to give attorneys ‘‘more notice as to the public nature of the reporting requirements,’’ Chief Administrative Judge Gail Prudenti said Thursday. ‘‘This strikes a balance between the bar’s privacy concerns and the court system’s long-term interest in sharing information about our attorneys’ extraordinary pro bono efforts.’’

Associated Press