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: executive
In 1972, Vermont created the Office of the Defender General. The Defender General is a direct gubernatorial appointee who oversees primary and conflict indigent defense services related to criminal matters, as well as juvenile delinquency and dependency cases . The central office in Montpelier houses an administrative office, the state appellate defender, a juvenile unit, and a prisoners’ rights unit.
How the right to counsel is funded
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The methods used to provide public counsel
When any one of these counties needs relief from caseload, the Office of the Defender General has three “caseload relief” contracts. One attorney handles caseload in the northern part of the state, one in the south, and one handling serious felonies anywhere in the state.
For conflicts, the Office of the Defender General contracts with a private attorney to manage an assigned counsel system. The managing attorney appoints private attorneys, who are paid hourly, to conflict cases based on the type of case (felony, misdemeanor, juvenile delinquency and dependency, appeals, and post-conviction).
Source of data: original research conducted by Sixth Amendment Center staff.