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State high court offers new solution on defender cases

The Missouri Supreme Court struck down rules the Missouri Public Defender Commission enacted in 2008 that allow public defenders to refuse certain types of cases.
But, as public defenders read the decision, opinion author Judge Michael A. Wolff shoved open the door to a new option. Public defender offices can't refuse some cases and take others, but particularly burdened offices might be able to refuse to take any new cases.

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The fate of legal bills of note

Through last-minute parliamentary maneuvering, Sen. Jim Lembke (pictured), R-Lemay, became the unlikely sponsor of the first omnibus judiciary bill to pass the legislature in years. Lembke said he found the turn of events ironic. "My relationship with the judiciary has been tenuous at best," he admitted. Continue reading for a rundown of legal bills of note that passed in 2009, such as the caseload cap for public defenders, and those that failed, such as changes to the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan.

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Public defender caseload law passes

The Missouri House has sent a bill to the governor allowing the Missouri State Public Defender System to regulate its caseload. The bill lets the system reject some cases when certain offices become overworked. The bill replaces an agency rule ...

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Senate endorses case limit for public defenders

The Senate passed legislation Wednesday intended to lessen the pressure on Missouri’s heavily burdened public defenders by establishing caseload limits and excusing them from representing some defendants. Some local public defender offices already are turning away clients because their caseloads are ...

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Public defender proposal moves forward in Senate

Amid concerns that an escalating workload is hindering public defenders’ ability to represent clients, the Missouri Senate took a big step toward sending legislation altering the system to the House. Sen. Jack Goodman’s legislation features a number of components, including ...

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