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State-Administered Indigent Defense Systems, 2013

NCJ Number
250249
Date Published
November 2016
Length
29 pages
Author(s)
Suzanne M. Strong Ph.D.
Agencies
BJS
Publication Series
Publication Type
Survey
Annotation
This Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report describes the methods for providing representation in criminal defense and civil, juvenile, and appeals cases in 28 States and the District of Columbia.
Abstract
This Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report describes the methods for providing representation in criminal defense and civil, juvenile, and appeals cases in 28 States and the District of Columbia. The report details various aspects of indigent defense delivery systems by jurisdiction, such as type of litigating attorneys, cases closed, caseload standards and guidelines, funding sources, fees for representation, how indigence is determined, role of advisory boards or commission, and standards for assigned or appointed counsel. Data are from the 2013 National Survey of Indigent Defense Systems, the first census of all methods of providing indigent defense services in the United States. Highlights include: of the 28 States and the District of Columbia that had State-administered indigent defense systems in 2013 - 27 States and the District of Columbia had either governmental or nongovernmental public defenders providing representation for indigent clients, 8 States and the District of Columbia required indigent clients to pay both an application fee to receive representation and recoupment for legal services provided, in 9 States the governor appointed the chief executives of the indigent defense delivery system, 6 States reported fewer than 10 full-time equivalent investigators on staff for public defender offices; between 2007 and 2013, 16 of the 22 States with State-administered public defender offices increased the number of full-time equivalent litigating attorneys; and in 2013, State-administered systems closed an estimated 2,672,760 criminal, appellate, civil, and juvenile cases.
Date Created: November 16, 2016