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.
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