October 04, 2012

Capital and Public Defender Standards Library

The ABA Fund for Justice and Education

This page contains standards related to capital representation. If you are looking for an older version of any of these documents or a document that is not listed, please contact us at 202-662-1735 or deathpenaltyproject@americanbar.org.

ABA Criminal Justice Standards

The US Supreme Court's decision in Bobby v. Van Hook raised questions about the application of the ABA Guidelines to counsel performance that occurred many years ago.  See below for a memo issued by the ABA about the decision and to access the Court's opinion.


For other historical materials about capital representation, please visit our secured practice area at probono.net/deathpenalty.  There you can find conference materials, state and national training manuals, and articles about effective capital representation.  

If you are not already a member of our practice area, click here to submit an application to join.  Please be as detailed as possible so we can process your application more quickly!