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September 20, 2023

National Public Defense Workloads Standards

The National Public Defense Workload Study Report is now available.

The full report was published on September 12, 2023.

The National Public Defense Workload Study is the culmination of comprehensive review and analysis contained in 17 previously released state-level studies, many of which were conducted by the ABA. For the first time, we have a comprehensive national workload study based on empirical data and the consensus of indigent defense experts, and which reflects the standards of modern criminal defense practice. This study demonstrates the widespread problem of excessive defender caseloads, and can be used to assist public defense agencies, policymakers, and other stakeholders in evaluating defender workloads.


Delphi Panel Preparatory Materials for Reference:

Standards Summary

Videoconference 1 (Standards) – Presentation

Videoconference 1 (Standards) – Webinar

Overview of Public Defense Workload Studies

Videoconference 2 (Past Studies) – Presentation

Videoconference 2 (Past Studies) – Webinar

NPDWS Study Instructions and Initial Response Chart