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MO Statehouse
6:21 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Mo. House Committee Proposes Reductions In Public Defenders

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The chair of Missouri's House Judiciary Committee is proposing reductions in the state's public defender system.

Republican State Representative Stanley Cox of Sedalia says public defenders would still handle the most serious cases for indigent defendants, but the more minor cases would be bid out to private attorneys.

Cox says this would address the caseload issues public defenders have long complained about.

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Missouri Public Defenders
2:34 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

State Audit Released On Mo. Public Defenders

An audit of the Missouri Public Defender system recommends they better track the time they spend on cases and use different standards to decide proper caseloads.
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The Missouri state auditor released a report Wednesday on the state’s Public Defender system.

Among the findings: public defenders need to better track the hours they spend on each case and update the standards they use to determine what’s the appropriate caseload.

Auditor Tom Schweich says Public Defenders have relied on national standards that are out-of-date.

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public defender caseload
6:07 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Missouri Supreme Court rules on public defender case

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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.

The court handed down the 4-3 decision Tuesday.

The case goes back to July 2010 when a Christian County judge appointed a public defender despite their "limited availability" status.

Christian County prosecutor Amy Fite says it’s hard on victims and defendants when cases are held up.

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