Staten Island is the southernmost part of the City and State of New York and is separated from Manhattan by the New York Bay. Also known as Richmond County, Staten Island, is home to several courts, including the following:
- Richmond County Supreme Court located at 26 Central Avenue
- Richmond County Surrogate's Court located at 18 Richmond Terrace
- Richmond County Civil Court located at 927 Castelton Avenue
- Richmond Family Court located at 100 Richmond Terrace
- Richmond County Criminal Court located at 26 Central Avenue
Because of its separation from Manhattan and the other boroughs, attorneys from other parts of the City usually have to take the Staten Island Ferry or drive through Brooklyn or New Jersey to appear in the Staten Island courthouses.
In addition to expending valuable time and money on commuting to Richmond, attorneys appearing in the southern borough are usually "stuck" in court for at least 1-2 hours. As such, many lawyers rather have a per diem attorney appear and handle his or her Richmond County court matters.
A Per Diem Attorney can handle another law firm's Staten Island court appearances and depositions at a rate that is economically advantageous. The Per Diem Attorney will appear in court or for a deposition based on a flat rate and provide a report following the handling of the matter.
A per diem attorney travels to court and handles specific legal matters on a per diem basis. The rates charged by per diem attorneys is usually determined by various factors including the type of matter, where the per diem has to appear and the court involved, among other things.
Per diem attorney rates can be inexpensive when compared to the time and expense it would take for the attorney of record to prepare for the appearance, travel time to and from court, and lawyer time spent in court (which can be at least 3-5 hours of attorney time).
Most freelance per diem attorneys can only handle matters in one courthouse or courtroom. A per diem attorney does not usually travel to different courtrooms or courthouse. The downside to hiring a freelance per diem attorney is that he or she will usually turn down any request that is not in the same courthouse or courtroom that he is handling on a particular day. Another downside is that a freelance per diem attorney i usually in court until the afternoons and are difficult to communicate with and may take several days or over one week to provide an outcome or a report.
When a freelance per diem attorney goes on vacation or is sick, then he or she will generally be unable to handle any matters and the attorney who requested coverage will be left without coverage at unexpected times.
A per diem attorney is a freelance attorney and independent contractor. A per diem attorney appears in varied courts on behalf of law firms who are the "attorneys of record" for a client on a given legal matter.
The per diem attorney is provided with information and specific instructions by the handling attorney and attorney of record. The matter and court appearance is handled in accord with the attorney of record's instructions.
The per diem attorney's appearance in court is strictly limited to the particular appearance made and the handling attorney remains responsible for the matter at all times.
Per diem attorneys usually only appear in one courthouse or one courtroom on a given date.
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