Nevada

All who work in public defense know there is a problem -- we call it the "indigent defense crisis."  In 2002, NLADA established the Justice Standards, Evaluation and Research Initiative (JSERI) in order to concretely evaluate the depth and breadth of both successes and difficulties in indigent defense representation throughout the country, providing a measurement of public defense services against national standards.  JSERI's protocol for evaluation of any system combines a review of the jurisdiction's budgetary, caseload, and organizational information with site visits to observe courtroom practice and interviews of all key criminal justice system stakeholders and policymakers.

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Publication Date: 02/19/2010

The Nevada Supreme Court's ADKT-411(January 2008) ordered that “each judicial district shall formulate and submit to the Nevada Supreme Court for approval by May 1, 2008, an administrative plan that, among other requirements, provides for the “appointment of trial counsel.” This plan sets forth the method of delivering services in Washoe County (Reno).

Author/Organization: Hon. Connie J. Steinheimer, chief judge of the Second Judicial District Court
Publication Date: 05/01/2008

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A memo from the Washoe County District Attorney and County Manager's Office to the County Commission in advance of its August 9, 2011 meeting.  The memo recommends the County Commission approve the proposed contract for public defense services with Washoe Legal Services. Under the contract, the civil legal aid office would provide representation for an annual flat fee to indigent criminal defendants in the County's early case resolution (ECR) program.

Author/Organization: Washoe County District Attorney & County Manager's Office
Publication Date: 07/28/2011

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Gideon Alert: Nevada DA seeks way around court-ordered performance guidelines

BY David Carroll on Monday, August 8, 2011 at 12:44 PM

On August 9th, 2011, the Washoe County (Reno) District Attorney will ask the County Board to contract with Washoe Legal Services (WLS) to provide representation to criminal defendants in a reinstituted early case resolution (ECR) program.  The proposed contract is for WLS to handle every ECR case for a single flat fee of $80,000 with no extra funds set aside for investigations.   

Memo to the Commissioners of Washoe County, NV, regarding reinstating the county's early case resolution (ECR) program, despite the NV Supreme Court's 2008 ADKT411 order establishing clear performance guidelines for public defense attorneys to follow in each case. The memo recommends an affirmative county vote approving a flat-fee contract for ECR services in criminal matters provided by a local civil legal aid provider.

Author/Organization: Washoe County Manager's Office
Publication Date: 06/21/2011

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This letter regarding Washoe County's early case resolution (ECR) program was sent in response to Washoe assistant DA Helzer's letter to David Carroll, NLADA. 

Author/Organization: David Carroll, NLADA
Publication Date: 04/29/2008

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John Helzer, assistance county district attorney for Washoe County (Reno) Nevada, wrote to David Carroll in response to Mr. Carroll's letter of April 18, 2008 to the Nevada Supreme Court regarding Washoe County's early case resolution (ECR) program.

Author/Organization: John Helzer, Washoe County DA's Office
Publication Date: 04/21/2008

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David Carroll's letter to the Justices of the Nevada Supreme Court argues their recent administrative docket order (ADKT411) established clear performance guidelines for public defense attorneys, thereby requiring an adjustment of Washoe County's so-called early case resolution (ECR) program to meet the Court's guidelines.

Author/Organization: David Carroll, NLADA
Publication Date: 04/18/2008

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Nevada Supreme Court orders uniform public defense case counting definitions

BY David Carroll on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 12:20 PM

On February 15, 2011, the Nevada Supreme Court adopted a court order requiring all Nevada counties to use a uniform definition of a “case” in reporting right to counsel caseload data.  The definition adopted in Nevada for the time being counts as a single case “a single defendant in a single charging document.”  The Order expressly notes that this measure “will under report caseload at times when one defendant is charged with separate crimes from separate incidents that may necessitate indigent defense counsel to treat the appointment as multiple cases.”   The court agreed with the definition supported by the Conference of State Court Administrators and the National Center for State Courts, first established in their joint 1989 publication State Court Model Statistical Dictionary. That definition instructs administrators to “[c]ount each defendant and all charges involved in a single incident as a single case.”  The Court adopted the modified definition of a case because of the current state of case-tracking technology available throughout the state.  If Nevada develops the case-tracking capacity to “accurately count cases in line with the national model,” the Court advises that they intend to revisit the newly adopted definition.

Gideon Alert: National Association of Counties calls for improved public defense services

BY David Carroll on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 1:42 PM

On January 19, 2011, the National Association of Counties (NACo) called upon the United States Department of Justice to assist rural counties in overcoming systemic deficiencies that prevent them from meeting the states’ obligation to provide constitutionally-mandated indigent defense services.  Founded in 1935, NACo is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States and provides essential services to America’s 3,068 counties.  In their press release, NACo recommends funding pilot public defender programs to serve multi-county jurisdictions, while reminding counties of NACo’s policy that public defenders be active participants in all criminal justice planning at the local level.