All data is current as of 2013, unless otherwise noted.
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How the right to counsel is administered and structured
Branch of government: no statewide component
The state of Arizona delegates to the counties its Sixth Amendment right to counsel obligations. The state provides no assistance to counties, and with no oversight it has no means of knowing whether each county is in fact capable of fulfilling its federal obligation or whether each county actually does so.
For many years, the county-based defender systems together have maintained a statewide public defender association to provide training and support resources. But county-level systems are not compelled to participate.
How the right to counsel is funded
Percentage of local funding: 100%
Percentage of alternative funding: 0%
Each county is responsible for determining on its own what amounts to an adequate level of funding.
The methods used to provide public counsel
Arizona Constitution, art. 2, § 24
Source of data: original research conducted by Sixth Amendment Center staff.