Timeline of Events for the Missouri Public Defender System

Sunday, October 19, 2008 | 6:07 p.m. CDT; updated 11:47 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 11, 2010

1963: In Gideon v. Wainwright, the Supreme Court unanimously rules that state courts, under the Sixth Amendment, must provide legal counsel to defendants unable to afford their own.

1989: Public defender caseload is set at 235 by Gov. John Ashcroft.