Public defenders in the United States: any lessons for Britain?

WATSON, Andrew (1997). Public defenders in the United States: any lessons for Britain? Justice of the Peace, 161 (45), 1031-1034.

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    Abstract

    The Home Secretary explained at the last Conference of the Bar, achieving better control over the cost of providing defence representation for those unable to pay for it privately is seen as a priority. Amongst other options, the government is studying an American style public defender system with salaried lawyers defending criminal cases, rather than the accused choosing there own lawyer on legal aid. With this in mind this article reports on how criminal defence representation is provided in the United States for those unable to afford it. It then focuses on the state of Massachusetts which relies on a mixed system of private attorneys and salaried public defenders.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Law and Criminology Research Group
    Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Law and Criminology
    Page Range: 1031-1034
    Depositing User: Andrew Watson
    Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2018 09:24
    Last Modified: 17 Jan 2018 09:24
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17854

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