Tag: early appointment of counsel

Should non-lawyer judges be sending people to jail? SCOTUS asked to review

Pleading the Sixth: In 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the 14th Amendment permits non-lawyer judges to impose jail time so long as the defendant has the ability to get a do-over in front of a judge who is

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6AC & PJI release issue paper on early appointment of counsel

The Pretrial Justice Institute and the Sixth Amendment Center jointly release a new report, Early Appointment of Counsel: The Law, Implementation, and Benefits, that concludes that the justice goals of the criminal court systems will be best served where every

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Delaware’s right to counsel deficiencies exposed

Pleading the Sixth: In January 2011, then-Chief Justice Myron Steele sought to end Delaware’s undue judicial interference in the state’s conflict indigent defense services by transferring responsibility for the administration of the conflict panel from the court to the Office

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US DOJ investigating St. Louis family courts

Pleading the Sixth: Having reached an agreement with Shelby County, Tennessee to usher in major reforms of the county’s juvenile court system and the method for representing children in delinquency proceedings, the US Department of Justice announced in mid-November that

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Maryland Supreme Court orders attorneys at bail hearings

Pleading the Sixth: On September 25, 2013, the Maryland Supreme Court reaffirmed its earlier holding that the right to counsel applies to all bail hearings before a commissioner. In effect, this undoes legislative attempts – created in the wake of an

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The United Nations takes the Ten Principles international

Pleading the Sixth: The United Nations General Assembly adopted new Principles and Guidelines for how member states should deliver indigent defense services. Drafted to help emerging nations grappling with equal justice concerns, the U.N. document can help us hold a

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