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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. For the text of the publication, click here. To go directly to individual “black letter” standards (without commentary), click on the links below. For information about purchasing the printed volume, please click here.

 

PART I. GENERAL PRINCIPLES

Standard 5-1.1      Objective
Standard 5-1.2      Systems for legal representation
Standard 5-1.3      Professional independence
Standard 5-1.4      Supporting services
Standard 5-1.5      Training and professional development
Standard 5-1.6      Funding

PART II. ASSIGNED COUNSEL

Standard 5-2.1      Systematic assignment
Standard 5-2.2      Eligibility to serve
Standard 5-2.3      Rotation of assignments and revision of roster
Standard 5-2.4      Compensation and expenses

PART III. CONTRACT DEFENSE SERVICES

Standard 5-3.1      Use of contracts for services
Standard 5-3.2      Contracting parties and procedures
Standard 5-3.3      Elements of the contract for services

PART IV. DEFENDER SYSTEMS

Standard 5-4.1      Chief defender and staff
Standard 5-4.2      Restrictions on private practice
Standard 5-4.3      Facilities; library

PART V. TYPES OF PROCEEDINGS AND QUALITY OF REPRESENTATION

Standard 5-5.1      Criminal cases
Standard 5-5.2      Collateral proceedings
Standard 5-5.3      Workload
Standard 5-5.4      Impact litigation

PART VI. STAGE OF PROCEEDINGS

Standard 5-6.1      Initial provision of counsel
Standard 5-6.2      Duration of representation
Standard 5-6.3      Removal

PART VII. ELIGIBILITY FOR ASSISTANCE

Standard 5-7.1      Eligibility; ability to pay partial costs
Standard 5-7.2      Reimbursement, notice and imposition of contribution
Standard 5-7.3      Determination of eligibility

PART VIII. OFFER AND WAIVER

Standard 5-8.1      Providing counsel to persons in custody
Standard 5-8.2      In-court waiver

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