The standards and caseloads given to public defenders are more than 50 years old which shouldn’t be the case because of the constant change and evolution society as a whole goes through every year. The outdated standards, also come with requirements that state defenders need to take a minimum of cases per year that only allow them to spend 14 hours on each case. This is unrealistic because it takes more than 14 hours to understand and properly defend a case. This allocation of time is what causes defenders the need to triage and implement bias towards certain cases because of the lack of time to spend equally.

Original Article: McCall, M. (2023, October 20). Current standards for public defender caseloads are too high, study says. 2Civility. https://www.2civility.org/current-standards-for-public-defender-caseloads-are-too-high-study-says/#:~:text=For%20example%2C%20where%20the%20NAC,per%20case%2C%20the%20study%20said.

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This article puts into perspective the extent to which public defenders are overworked. The standards held today should be different from those set 50 years ago because of the differences we see in our world today.

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