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NCJ Number: 150224 Find in a Library
Title: Office of the Defender General: Seventeenth Annual Report, Fiscal Year 1993
Corporate Author: Vermont Office of the Defender General
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Vermont Office of the Defender General
Montpelier, VT 05620
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
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Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

Vermont Office of the Defender General
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report highlights the activities of the Vermont Office of the Defender General in fiscal year 1993.
Abstract: The Office of the Defender General provides legal representation to indigents, children subject to juvenile proceedings, children under State custody, persons under custody of the Commissioner of Corrections, and needy persons involved in extradition or parole proceedings. The primary challenge facing the office continues to be the lack of sufficient resources to keep pace with caseload demands. Recent trends in staffing and caseload patterns that have affected the Office include an escalating caseload, an increase in the number of homicide cases handled by public defenders, an increase in the reporting and prosecution of child abuse cases, and an increase in the costs of criminal litigation. This report provides a brief history of the Office, which was created by the State legislature in 1972. The Office is divided into public defense (appellate defender, prisoners' rights office, and juvenile defender) and assigned counsel. While the demand for defense services decreased slightly during the reporting period, the reduction was among the least serious and demanding cases; the more complex and time- consuming cases continued to increase. 5 appendixes
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Court annual reports; Defender systems; Public defenders; Vermont
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