Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Don't miss

Tag Archives: Public Defender Commission

Court hears defenders’ arguments

Missouri’s public defenders are used to arguing to the appellate courts on behalf of clients. On Thursday, they used their powers of persuasion on behalf of the public defender system itself. Attorneys for the Missouri State Public Defender’s Office appeared ...

Read More »

Committee choice could decide fate of bill

The seemingly routine procedure of referring a bill to committee could have a sizable impact on the fate of legislation altering the state’s public defender system. Most notably, Sen. Jack Goodman’s bill codifies an administrative rule allowing the Public Defender ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »