Standards

Standards in Defense Services

 

ABA Standards for Criminal Justice: Providing Defense Services

In August 1990, the ABA House of Delegates approved these "black letter" standards that have been published with commentary in ABA Standards for Criminal Justice: Providing Defense Services, 3d ed., © 1992 American Bar Association. To go directly to individual "black letter" standards (without commentary), click on the link above. For the text of the publication, click here. For information about purchasing the printed volume, please click here.


The Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System (PDF)

The Ten Principles constitute the fundamental criteria necessary to design a system that provides effective, efficient, high quality, ethical, conflict-free legal representation for criminal defendants who are unable to afford an attorney. The more extensive ABA policy statement dealing with indigent defense services is contained within the ABA Standards for Criminal Justice, Providing Defense Services. The ABA Ten Principles was sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and approved by the ABA House of Delegates in February 2002. The Principles constitute the fundamental criteria necessary to design a system that provides effective, efficient, high quality, ethical, conflict-free legal representation for criminal defendants who are unable to afford an attorney. For the text of the publication, click here.


ABA Standards for Criminal Justice: Prosecution and Defense Function

In February 1991, the ABA House of Delegates approved these "black letter" standards that have been published with commentary in ABA Standards for Criminal Justice: Prosecution and Defense Function, 3d ed., ©1993 American Bar Association. To go directly to individual "black letter" standards (without commentary), click on the link above. For the text of the publication, click here, and then go to page 117 for the beginning of the Defense Function portion of the volume. For information about purchasing the printed volume, please see Standards Ordering Information.


Compendium of Standards For Indigent Defense Systems: A Resource Guide for Practitioners and Policymakers

The U.S. Department of Justice's Compendium of Standards for Indigent Defense Systems presents national, state, and local standards relating to five functions of indigent defense: Acknowledgements; Administration of defense systems (Volume I); Attorney performance (Volume II); Capital case representation (Volume III); Appellate representation (Volume IV); Juvenile justice defense (Volume V). This document was prepared by the Institute for Law and Justice and supported by a contract with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, United States Department of Justice.



NLADA Indigent Defense Standards

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