Court-Appointed Lawyer Cuts Slash Freedoms Too
It’s no secret that court appointed lawyers are overworked, underpaid and without the time and other resources to provide the same level of representation as private lawyers. Court-appointed lawyers are not well-paid and their pay will continue to suffer if mega budget cuts take shape as planned next year.
The federal public defender offices have been told they must reduce spending by 14% in 2014, on top of the roughly 9% suffered this year.
This budget decrease will impact our communities across the nation. Lay-offs for public defenders will mean a tough time for anyone accused of a crime to get a high- quality lawyer in their corner. Those public defenders remaining will have an enormous case load and that means less time to thoroughly defend each client.