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November 09, 2023

ABA Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System

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Report to the ABA House of Delegates

SCLAID Chair Judge Bryant Yang's Speech to the ABA House of Delegates

Principle 1: Independence

Principle 2: Funding, Structure, and Oversight

Principle 3: Control of Workloads

Principle 4: Data Collection and Transparency

Principle 5: Eligibility and Fees for Public Defense 

Principle 6: Early and Confidential Access to Counsel

Principle 7: Experience, Training and Supervision

Principle 8: Vertical Representation

Principle 9: Essential Components of Effective Representation 

Principle 10: Public Defense as Legal System Partners