public defenders http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Missouri Still Has A Justice Gap Say St. Louis Attorneys Who Serve The Poor http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-still-has-justice-gap-say-st-louis-attorneys-who-serve-poor <p>When people of means encounter injustice or are accused of crimes, they hire an attorney to represent them in a court of law. But for people living in poverty, their choices are more limited.</p><p>If it’s a criminal case, a defendant will be assigned a public defender. If it’s a civil case, the individual can apply for aid with their local branch of legal services. But despite these options, low-income people are at a disadvantage in the American justice system, say St. Louis attorneys who serve the poor.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:52:31 +0000 Camille Phillips 32896 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Still Has A Justice Gap Say St. Louis Attorneys Who Serve The Poor St. Louis Public Defenders To Decline Some Cases http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-public-defenders-decline-some-cases <P>Several public defender offices around the state have notified courts they will not be taking cases beyond their maximum caseload this month.</P> <P>The 18 offices around Missouri include ones in St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson City and Springfield.</P> <P>In St. Louis instead of turning away all cases public defenders met with the 22<SUP>nd</SUP>Circuit Court and the Circuit Attorney’s office to craft a different solution.</P> <P>Director Mary Fox says the circuit’s presiding judge then issued an administrative order that the public defender’s St. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 23:50:20 +0000 Maria Altman 5053 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Public Defenders To Decline Some Cases Public Defenders Can Now Refuse Cases – But Seek Long-Term Solution http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/public-defenders-can-now-refuse-cases-seek-long-term-solution <p></p><p>Missouri’s public defenders won a big case before the state supreme court this summer.</p><p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:26:13 +0000 Maria Altman 4697 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Public Defenders Can Now Refuse Cases – But Seek Long-Term Solution Roundup: Mo. Supreme Court rules on smorgasbord of issues http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/roundup-mo-supreme-court-rules-smorgasbord-issues <p>Well, the Missouri Supreme Court has certainly done its part for the news cycle today with an array of decisions.</p><p>Here&#39;s a quick taste of what happened, and links to our separate stories so you can dig in to find out more about each.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 23:55:27 +0000 Kelsey Proud 4219 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Roundup: Mo. Supreme Court rules on smorgasbord of issues Missouri Supreme Court rules on public defender case http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-supreme-court-rules-public-defender-case <p>The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that a judge should not have appointed a public defender to a client after the public defenders alerted the courts they had too many cases.</p><p>The court handed down the 4-3 decision Tuesday.</p><p>The case goes back to July 2010 when a Christian County judge appointed a public defender despite their &quot;limited availability&quot; status.</p><p>Christian County prosecutor Amy Fite says it&rsquo;s hard on victims and defendants when cases are held up.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 23:07:24 +0000 Maria Altman 4220 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Supreme Court rules on public defender case Missouri public defenders take problem of high caseloads to high court http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-public-defenders-take-problem-high-caseloads-high-court <ul><li><em><a href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/SUP/index.nsf/fe8feff4659e0b7b8625699f0079eddf/54281b8baa6276fb8625792f00758376?OpenDocument">Listen</a> to the oral arguments before the Missouri Supreme Court in this case</em></li></ul><p>Missouri&rsquo;s public defenders have <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121746119">argued for years</a> that they have too many cases.</p><p>So in 2010 the public defender commission put a plan in place that allowed each of its districts to stop taking cases when its attorneys became too busy.</p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 12:30:19 +0000 Maria Altman 2943 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri public defenders take problem of high caseloads to high court Morning headlines: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-wednesday-december-14-2011 <p><strong>Mo. schools and residents to prepare&nbsp;for next big earthquake</strong></p><p>It was nearly 200 years ago that the first in a series of massive earthquakes shook Missouri and much of the&nbsp;nation. Now, several Missouri school districts&nbsp;will take part&nbsp;in a drill to prepare for the next big one.</p> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 15:33:02 +0000 Julie Bierach, Maria Altman, Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 2674 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 Mo. high court examines public defender caseloads http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-high-court-examines-public-defender-caseloads <p><em>Updated 9:18 a.m. Dec. 14:</em></p><p>As we mentioned <a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-december-13-2011">Tuesday morning</a>, the Missouri Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on whether the state&#39;s public defenders can turn away cases.</p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 20:11:40 +0000 Maria Altman 2670 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. high court examines public defender caseloads Morning headlines: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-december-13-2011 <p><strong>Mo. Supreme Court to hear&nbsp;arguments in public defender case </strong></p><p>A case that could decide how Missouri public defenders deal with case overload will be heard by the state&#39;s Supreme Court today. In July 2010 the public defender office in Christian County announced it had reached its case threshold and could take no more cases. The next month a judge assigned an indigent defendant to that office anyway&nbsp;and the public defender system filed suit.</p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 15:25:42 +0000 Julie Bierach, WUIS & The Associated Press 2665 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, December 13, 2011