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governmental official who represents indigent persons accused of crime. U.S. Supreme Court decisions expanding the right to counsel to pretrial proceedings and holding that a person cannot be sentenced to even one day in jail unless a lawyer was provided have created a need for more lawyers to represent the indigent. Proponents of the public defender office claim that it is the most efficient and effective method of protecting the indigent. Other systems include court-appointed counsel from the local bar, clinics operated by law schools, and legal aid societies. The societies are privately funded and offer civil and criminal representation.
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9) The ABA's response to this ongoing crisis has been to encourage public defenders to refuse new cases when their workload becomes excessive.
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defendants with very serious cases assigned to the public defenders are
2 "mandates that public defenders cannot be appointed in their private capacity.
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We are paving the way for a new system in that we are the first of the public defenders in England and Wales, but the US system has got its criticisms that it is under-funded and the lawyers are not always the best lawyers available.
Marion Moorman, one of twenty elected public defenders in Florida.
A superior court judge, highly experienced prosecutor, and public defender are new adjunct faculty at the University of La Verne College of Law beginning January.