Bill would improve public defender system
Thursday, May 14, 2009 | 4:02 p.m. CDT;
updated 11:44 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 11, 2010
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to what backers called a "triage" effort for a public defender system in crisis.
Under the bill, the state Public Defender Commission would be allowed to set maximum caseload standards for the lawyers who represent people accused of crimes who cannot afford a private attorney.
Some local public defender offices have turned away clients because their caseloads are so high.
The House sent the bill to Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday on a 139-16 vote. Sponsoring House member Tim Jones, a Republican from Eureka, said the legislation isn't likely to resolve the issue but is a step in the right direction.
Like what you see here? Become a member.
Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.
You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.
Leave a comment
Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines
outlined below and register with our site.
You must be logged in to comment. (Our
full comment policy is here.)
- Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
- Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or
discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
- Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will
be published with every comment.
(Read why we ask for that here.)
- Don’t solicit or promote businesses.
We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see
something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.
You must be logged in to comment.