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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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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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AG asks Black Journalists to keep focusing on indigent defense deficiencies

BY Jon Mosher on Friday, August 5, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Addressing the annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists, on August 4, 2011, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder highlighted the Department of Justice’s recent successes, while also calling upon reporters to keep looking at deficiencies in the delivery of right to counsel services.  

Gideon Alert: NACDL report exposes Florida’s “no counsel” courts

BY David Carroll on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 3:16 PM

“Supreme Court Justices rarely consider appeals of misdemeanor convictions.  Nearly a half-million misdemeanor cases are filed in Florida’s county courts every year, and the vast majority of those cases are resolved by a plea of guilty, often in a matter of minutes.  Advice of rights by the courts and the assistance of lawyers for the defendants, whether they can afford them or not, are exceptions, not the rule.  It is as if our criminal and traffic courts operate as 'constitution-free zones,' outside the law.” -- Gerald Kogan, former Florida Chief Justice

Justice Policy Institute releases report on the Right to Counsel

BY Jon Mosher on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 2:27 PM

The Justice Policy Institute has released a report linking states' struggles to provide effective right to counsel services with excessive corrections costs.  The report, System Overload: The Costs of Under-Resourcing Public Defense, highlights the impact of overwhelmed public defense systems and "how the busting-at-the-seams systems affect state and county budgets, the lives of those behind bars, the impact on their families, and the challenges of re-entering communities after serving time."

Gideon Alert: Connecticut backslides on right to counsel

BY David Carroll on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 9:46 AM
Like indigent defense systems throughout the country, Connecticut has recently had to let go forty-two public defender employees, including 23 lawyers, and is planning to eliminate 33 more positions, as reported in  the July 21, 2011 Boston Globe.  This is the result of what the Globe summarized as “a funding crisis for the nation’s judicial systems,” while government officials and state employee unions in Connecticut battle for power over the too few remaining dollars (see the June 30, 2011 New York Times).  The difference between Connecticut and other states where similar lay-offs are occurring is that Connecticut’s right to counsel system has been closer than most states to fulfilling the promises of the Sixth Amendment.

The American Bar Association (ABA) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) are designing and implementing a pilot Public Defender Fellowship Program (PDFP) aimed at advancing best practices in indigent defense representation.

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Publication Date: 07/19/2011

Review of the operations and policies of the Department of Assigned Counsel (DAC) in Pierce County, Washington, with a particular focus on indigency determinations, attorney appointments, investigations, training, and resources. Study team reports that many county officials lack a clear understanding of the organizational structure and function of the DAC. Empirical findings were made difficult by the absence of reliable statistical data, but the authors note that the majority of cases in Pierce County are handled by attorneys on the assigned counsel panel and that zealous pre-trial advocacy seems to be lacking in the county. Recommendations include, but are not limited to: determining procedures for establishing indigency, hiring more investigators and support staff, developing attorney training programs, and upgrading resources and facilities.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Publication Date: 1981

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Gov. Haley Barbour today announced the appointment of Leslie Lee to manage the newly created Office of the State Public Defender. Her appointment begins July 1.

Author/Organization: Governor Haley Barbour, State of Mississippi
Publication Date: 06/09/2011

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