All data is current as of 2013, unless otherwise noted.
Return to the list of all States & Territories.
How the right to counsel is administered and structured
State commission: yes
Branch of government: judicial
Missouri statutes place oversight of the right to counsel with the seven-member Public Defender Commission. All seven members are appointed by the governor with advice and consent of the Senate.
How the right to counsel is funded
Percentage of state funding: 100%
Percentage of local funding: 0%
Percentage of alternative funding: 0%
The methods used to provide public counsel
The Missouri State Public Defender (MSPD) has 33 trial-level public defender offices providing services to adult and juvenile clients in 45 judicial circuits covering the state’s 115 counties. Unlike most other state public defender systems that have a separate system for conflict representation, the Missouri public defender system assigns a neighboring public defender office to provide representation in multiple defendant and other conflict cases. Missouri uses assigned counsel or contract defenders in less than 5% of all cases.
Missouri Constitution, art. 1, § 18(a)
Missouri Revised Statutes, §§ 600.011 through 600.101 (public defenders)
Source of data: original research conducted by Sixth Amendment Center staff.