Tag: Montana

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

Posted in Pleading the Sixth Tagged with: , , , ,

Montana caseload challenge results in a significant increase in resources

Pleading the Sixth: In September 2013, the Montana Office of the State Public Defender filed a motion seeking to decline new cases in two courts of limited jurisdiction. Though the lower court found in October of that year that it

Posted in Pleading the Sixth Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

Montana State Public Defender files motion to decline new cases

Pleading the Sixth: In September 2013, the Montana Office of the State Public Defender filed a motion seeking to decline new cases in two courts of limited jurisdiction. A hearing date set for early October was postponed when a city

Posted in Pleading the Sixth Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,