The National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals was created in 1971 to formulate for the first time national criminal justice standards and goals for crime reduction and prevention at the State and local levels. In 1973, the National Advisory Commission issued six extensive reports on the following topics: 1) A National Strategy to Reduce Crime; 2) Criminal Justice System; 3) Police; 4) Courts; 5) Corrections; and 6) Community Crime Prevention. The Report of the Task Force on the Courts sets standards for the flow of cases through each stage of the criminal justice process, as well as basic standards for each of the system's component parts, including courts, court administration, prosecution and defense. Printed here are the black letter standards from Chapter 13 of that report, entitled "The Defense," omitting commentary, references and related standards.
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