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Tag Archives: Missouri State Public Defender System

Trial separation: Legal community copes as most in-person proceedings canceled

Jackson County Courthouse

Welcome to the practice of law, social distancing style. As precautions against COVID-19 have ramped up during the past week, nearly every aspect of daily life — including the rhythms of the legal community — have changed. On March 16, ...

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Judge: Settlement ‘not the vehicle’ for reforms to public defender caseloads

A federal judge has refused to approve a settlement that would have set limits on Missouri public defender caseloads, saying it is “not the vehicle” to ensure the state meets its obligations to indigent criminal defendants. In a Jan. 27 ...

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Directors of Missouri Bar, Public Defender system resign

Sebrina and Michael Barrett

A Missouri lawyer power couple has announced resignations from their respective positions as executive director of The Missouri Bar and director of the Missouri State Public Defender System. Sebrina Barrett, who has served as executive director of The Missouri Bar ...

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