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Friday, December 16, 2016

Ind. Courts - "Civil rights attorneys petition state high court to address deficiencies"

Updating yesterday's post, Virginia Black reports today in the South Bend Tribune in a story that begins:

Two civil rights attorneys call for Indiana’s Supreme Court to oversee the state’s public defender system on the heels of a report that questions the “Indiana Model” of hit-and-miss legal representation of poor people.

Indianapolis lawyer Michael Sutherlin and Fort Wayne lawyer David Frank, each of whom has filed a class-action federal lawsuit involving public defenders in the last year, planned to file a “petition for rule-making” today. The petition asks the state high court to assess the issues highlighted by the report and ensure that training, payment systems and oversight of the state’s 92 counties are not only consistent but also meet constitutional requirements.

The 200-page report by a national not-for-profit, the Sixth Amendment Center, was prepared for the Indiana Indigent Defense Study Advisory Committee. That committee includes representatives from the General Assembly, the Supreme Court, the state bar and judges associations, the Indiana Public Defender Council and Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council.

“The Right to Counsel in Indiana” highlights a number of issues, with inadequate funding and oversight a common theme.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 16, 2016 09:12 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts