Several public defender offices around the state have notified courts they will not be taking cases beyond their maximum caseload this month.
The 18 offices around Missouri include ones in St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson City and Springfield.
In St. Louis instead of turning away all cases public defenders met with the 22ndCircuit Court and the Circuit Attorney’s office to craft a different solution.
Missouri’s public defenders won a big case before the state supreme court this summer.
Well, the Missouri Supreme Court has certainly done its part for the news cycle today with an array of decisions.
Here's a quick taste of what happened, and links to our separate stories so you can dig in to find out more about each.
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.
Missouri’s public defenders have argued for years that they have too many cases.
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.
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