Tag: caseloads & workloads

The devolution of the right to counsel in Wayne County, Michigan (Detroit)

emailTwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+RedditTumblrPinterestPrintPleading the Sixth: A public defender office handling felony representation in Detroit was flat funded for 16 years. This despite a critical national report, an ACLU lawsuit, and comprehensive statutory reform, all intended to ensure effective representation of the indigent accused

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Missouri’s “Perfect Storm” explained

emailTwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+RedditTumblrPinterestPrintPleading the Sixth: As if excessive caseloads, a lack of independence, inadequate funding, and low compensation were not enough of a problem for those charged with providing right to counsel services in Missouri, public defenders are now being forced into

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New York caseload standards announced and their importance to statewide reform explained

emailTwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+RedditTumblrPinterestPrintPleading the Sixth: In early April 2017, the New York governor’s office and legislature reached a historic legislative agreement. The state of New York is already committed to pay for the systemic reforms promulgated pursuant to the settlement agreement in

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Nevada Chief Justice: “We must do better at providing representation to rural defendants.”

emailTwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+RedditTumblrPinterestPrintPleading the Sixth: In his State of the Judiciary address, Nevada’s Chief Justice decried the growing justice gap in right to counsel services between urban and rural jurisdictions in his state. Announcing that rural counties simply cannot shoulder the state’s

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court recognizes indigent defendants’ right to sue before receiving ineffective representation

emailTwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+RedditTumblrPinterestPrintPleading the Sixth: On September 28, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that indigent defendants have the right to challenge systemic deficiencies at the outset of a case before having to suffer from actual or constructive denial of counsel. Moreover, the

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Missouri Governor shows why indigent defense crisis will not be fixed without defender independence

emailTwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+RedditTumblrPinterestPrintPleading the Sixth: When the Missouri Public Defender, Michael Barrett, appointed the Governor to represent an accused indigent defendant, it brought national attention to the state’s longstanding underfunding of right to counsel services. Now, after a local judge ruled Barrett

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