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Capital Defender Standards Library

This page contains standards related to capital representation. A much larger collection of representation standards is available exclusively to attorneys representing capital clients at Contact the Project at 202-662-1735 or [email protected] with questions!

ABA Guidelines

Below you can find links to the text of the ABA Guidelines for the Appointment & Performance of Defense Counsel in Death Penalty Cases along with a selection of other state and national standards. For additional information and materials related to the ABA Guidelines, visit our resource page.

State Appointment Standards

State-by-state information about standards for appointment of counsel in death penalty cases (last updated May 2023)

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