New Report Reveals That Missouri Public Defenders May Need Relief from Workload
New York Times
reports that a new report funded by the American Bar Association provides an in-depth look of the current state of a public defender’s work load at the Missouri State Public Defender Office, an office in which public lawyers have become so overtaxed that they have won the right — by the state’s supreme court — to refuse taking on new cases. The hope is that the data will garner support for the key changes that the office plans to implement in the coming years.
, “We found we are worse off than we thought we were.”
reports that many legal experts believe that the “the daily triage required of public lawyers is unconstitutional and forces them to violate their ethical obligations to clients.”
, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has approved only a small portion of the increased funding requests so far.
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