Tag: early appointment of counsel

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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A showdown brewing over Early Case Resolution programs in Reno

Pleading the Sixth: In January 2008, the Nevada Supreme Court removed the judiciary from the oversight of indigent defense services. On June 8, 2012, a Washoe County (Reno) District Judge tested that mandate with his own administrative order imposing an

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Maryland OPD receives 7.4% budget increase to staff bail hearings

Pleading the Sixth: In DeWolfe v. Richmond, the Maryland Supreme Court found that existing statutes require the right to counsel at bail hearings and reviews. The General Assembly reacted by increasing the budget of the Office of the Public Defender nearly 7.4%

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