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Justice Department letter to chief justices and administrators of state courts clarifying the obligation of courts that receive federal financial assistance to provide oral interpretation, written translation and other language services to people who are limited English proficient (LEP).

Author/Organization: U.S. Department of Justice
Publication Date: 08/16/2010

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Gideon Alert: Missouri prosecutors call for shutting down the state public defender office

BY David Carroll on Monday, August 16, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Our American system of justice presumes that law enforcement officials are human, and thus fallible.  Despite the overall dedication and professionalism of the hundreds of thousands of citizens employed in the police and prosecution functions in this country, it is simply impossible to always arrest and prosecute the right defendant for the right crime in every single instance.  If errorless law enforcement existed, there would be no need for a jury of one’s peers to weigh the evidence in a case before an impartial judge.

The National Legal Aid & Defender Association and the National Juvenile Defender Center are gathering information about the current state of case management and/or tracking systems being used by public defense agencies and systems around the country to capture information on both juvenile and adult clients.

Author/Organization: Phyllis E. Mann
Publication Date: 08/12/2010

2010 Survey gathering information about the current state of case management and/or tracking systems being used by public defense agencies and systems around the country to capture information on both juvenile and adult clients.  Survey conducted by the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) and the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC).

The results of this Survey will be used to assist the defense community in securing resources and support for infrastructure and development of case management systems and as a beginning step toward creating a national system of uniform integrated justice system data management.

Author/Organization: National Defender Leadership Institute (NDLI)
Publication Date: 08/12/2010

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Gideon Alert: Transparency in Federal Criminal Justice Grants

BY David Carroll on Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Louisiana has a decentralized form of government.  With the ratification of the 1974 Louisiana Constitution, local subdivisions – known as parishes – were empowered with broad home rule authority, reversing the traditional concept of local government as a “creature of the state” possessing only delegated authority.  Locally elected governing boards (“police juries”) hold broad home rule authority, but their authority is disbursed across both the legislative and administrative functions such that there is no strong local administrative officer (e.g., a county manager).  The result is that, in most parishes, the Sheriff is the elected official who exerts the most control over local functions.

Gideon Alert: Legislative sponsor of the Montana Public Defender Act of 2005 calls for the system to be dismantled

BY David Carroll on Monday, August 2, 2010 at 2:45 PM

On June 9, 2005, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer signed into law the Public Defender Act of 2005.  The Act created an independent 11-member public defender commission that is statutorily bound to issue standards and to hire and oversee a Chief State Public Defender and other centralized staff.  At the same time, the Act provides the flexibility required to address the diverse needs of a geographically large yet sparsely populated state.  Deputy Chief Defenders operating in eleven distinct geographic regions monitor and enforce commission standards – some by relying on public defender offices, others by employing contract defenders.  Indigent defense providers in the regions are supported by the Chief State Defender’s centralized staff, including: a Director of Training; the State Appellate Office; a State Serious Crimes Defender Unit; and, Director of Management Information Services.

Gideon Alert: Prosecutor calls Missouri PD workload crisis a "contrivance" as more attorneys turn back cases

BY David Carroll on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 2:47 PM

On July 29, 2010, the St. Louis Today reported that public defenders in that city are considering refusing new cases, as their colleagues at the Missouri State Public Defenders (MSPD) have already done in Springfield and Troy.  The news story also reports that the prosecuting attorney calls the whole public defender caseload issue “contrived” because prosecutors handle a far greater percentage of cases than do public defenders.

The Spangenberg Group ssesses the workload crisis in Missouri, measuring each of the actions of the Missouri State Public Defender aganist the American Bar Associations'Eight Guidelines of Public Defense Workload.

Author/Organization: The Spangenberg Group
Publication Date: 07/29/2009

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The Spangenberg Group, under the auspices of the American Bar Association, Bar Information Program, assess the public defender workload crisis.

Author/Organization: The Spangenberg Group
Publication Date: 06/01/1993

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Early recommendations to the Missouri State Legislature to improve right to counsel services in that state.

Author/Organization: Missouri Public Defender Commission
Publication Date: 09/01/1979

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