Explain how public defenders affect a defendant's experiences and court proceedings. What does the research suggest about public defenders? What can be done to improve the equity of defendant representation?
Public defenders affect the defendant's experience and court proceedings in a negative manner. The defenders are over-burdened with cases and so are not available to the defendant for consultation. The public defender directly appears in the courtroom and that leaves the defendant bewildered and confused about the court proceedings. In addition, the defendant faces problems because the public defender does not have adequate computers, support staff, and investigators to make a strong case in the courtroom. Further, the public defenders are mostly young and inexperienced lawyers that handle high volume cases and cannot help the defendant with administrative matters.
Research suggests however, that the performance of public defenders is comparable to that of ...
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