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Saturday, September 23, 2006

The Representation the Constitution Guarantees?

If an attorney is not going to devote the same attention to his or her appointed clients as the attorney devotes to his or her retained clients, why bother being on the appointment list? I have heard numerous clients who are represented by court appointed attorneys remark that they are not satisfied with their court appointed attorneys’ representation. I have also heard a number of attorneys remark that they do not invest the same amount of time in their court appointed clients’ cases as they invest in their retained clients’ cases.

3 Comments:

  • Do all attorney's have to do "court appointed" cases or is it by choice?

    There should be some equitable way to compensate court appointed representation so that their "interest level" is up to par.

    Very sad to see the system that is designed to protect us undercut by its inability to make the protection worthwhile.

    By Blogger Thomas Vickers, at 7:19 AM, September 27, 2006  

  • There are certain qualifications
    that attorneys must have before they can be on the appointment list, and having one's name on the appointment list is voluntary.

    By Blogger Matthew, at 5:06 PM, September 27, 2006  

  • We talked about something like this in PR class.

    Those attorneys should be subjected to professional discipline. I'm thinking Rules 1.1 and 1.3 of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct might apply.

    By Blogger Katherine, at 8:28 AM, September 30, 2006  

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