Category: Pleading the Sixth

Pennsylvania is off the “no state funding” list. Is South Dakota next?

Pleading the Sixth. At the start of 2023, Pennsylvania and South Dakota were the last two states remaining to contribute no funding to indigent defense. This morning, Pennsylvania is no longer on that list. And just last week, the South

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Virginia legislative report finds low fee caps cause problems

Pleading the Sixth: A recent legislative report in Virginia finds that the low fee caps imposed on private court-appointed attorneys result in a decline in the number of attorneys willing to take court-appointed cases and the quality of representation by

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Revised ABA Ten Principles: A new public defense roadmap for policymakers

Pleading the Sixth: On August 7, 2023, the American Bar Association (ABA) passed a revision of the ABA Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System, giving policymakers a new roadmap for providing public defense. The Ten Principles is revised

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Oregon passes sweeping indigent defense reforms

Pleading the Sixth: On July 13, 2023, Governor Tina Kotek signed sweeping legislation into law that overhauls right to counsel services in Oregon. The new law adopts many of 6AC’s recommendations from its 2019 study: it abolishes flat fee contracting

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New Jersey abolishes public defender reimbursement fees in felony cases

Pleading the Sixth: A recent change in state law means that indigent felony defendants in New Jersey will no longer have to pay public defender reimbursement fees; and any outstanding public defender reimbursement fees, liens, or warrants are forgiven. New

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Strike Four, now what? ACLU sues Kern County, California for systemically denying counsel

In a lawsuit filed against Kern County last week, the ACLU alleges constitutional violations at the arraignment where probation officers offer plea deals to unrepresented defendants and encourage them to waive counsel in a process that is closed to the

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