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The Louisiana legislature passed the Louisiana Public Defender Act of 2007, ensuring that “all indigent criminal defendants who are eligible to have appointed counsel at public expense receive effective assistance of counsel at each critical stage of the proceeding” and “that the right to counsel is delivered by qualified and competent counsel in a manner that is fair and consistent throughout the state.” This report finds that the intention of the Louisiana legislature has yet to take root in Louisiana’s 15th Judicial District. There remains critical work to be done on the local level in fully implementing the significant reforms already achieved.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 06/2010

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Gideon Alert: Michigan Supreme Court unanimously allows ACLU lawsuit to proceed

BY David Carroll on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 1:09 PM

In a major victory for the right of poor criminal defendants to seek justice from our courts, today the Michigan Supreme Court unanimously issued an order allowing the American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit (

Gideon Alert: California counties exhibit wide disparity of services

BY David Carroll on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Justice should not be dependent on which side of a county line one’s crime is alleged to be committed.

Georgia Update

BY David Carroll on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 1:00 PM

On April 7, GIDEON ALERTS relayed an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report that the governor and key legislators were seriously considering shifting the state’s financial burden of funding the right to counsel back to Georgia&rsq

Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kelley keynote address at United States House Judiciary Committee event at Wayne State University (Detorit), December 14, 2009. Briefing on solutions to indigent defense crisis. Speech highlight findings of NLADA's 2008 report entitled “Race to the Bottom: Speed and Savings over Due Process”

Author/Organization: Michigan Supreme Court
Publication Date: 12/14/2009

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On December 14, 2009, the United States House Judiciary Committee sponsored an event in Detroit to focus attention on the national indigent defense crisis.  The Chief Justice of Michigan gave the keynote speech to start the day that was one of the strongest speeches by a sitting chief justice on the failur

Author/Organization: David Carroll
Publication Date: 02/09/2010

Gideon Alert: understanding Alabama's "perfect storm"

BY David Carroll on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 1:32 PM

When elected judges have the authority to give out big payments for assigned cases without being fiscally responsible for doing so, a state like Alabama creates the “perfect storm” of characteristics that virtually guarantees ineffective assistance of counsel to the poor.  A great newspaper series from Mobile’s Lagniappe is starting to highlight these issues and

Commissioned by the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana Bar Foundation, this NLADA report focused on New Orleans' system for providing legal representation to low-income people charged with crimes, concluding that the New Orleans indigent defense crisis could not be fixed without comprehensive statewide reform and setting out a step-by-step blue print for legislative action in the 2007 Legislative session. Those reforms were eventually successful, with the passage of Act 307, The Louisiana Public Defender Act, creating the public defender system in place today.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 9/22/2006

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In advance of a public hearing on the Nevada caseload crisis before the Supreme Court, NLADA's Director of Research, David Carroll, submitted the following document for the Court's consideration. Mr. Carroll serves in an official capacity as advisor to the Supreme Court's Indigent Defense Commission. The letter details the excessive caseload crisis and offers recommendations including defining a uniform definition of a "case" and banning all flat fee contracts.

Author/Organization: David Carroll, NLADA
Publication Date: 10/09/2009

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