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Title: Standards and Evaluation Design for Appellate Defender Offices
Corporate Author: National Legal Aid and Defender Assoc
United States of America
Project Director: H B Eisenberg
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 126
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
National Legal Aid and Defender Assoc
Washington, DC 20036
US Dept of Justice

Washington Office of the Administrator for the Courts
Olympia, WA 98504
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

National Legal Aid and Defender Assoc
1140 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This self-evaluation manual allows the appellate defender office to assess (1) the quality of representation it is providing its clients, (2) its internal office management, and (3) the role the office is playing in the legal community.
Abstract: The performance expectations are based upon standards of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. Intended for use by the chief public defender and others, the manual highlights important defender issues, specifies those activities against which the office's performance should be evaluated, and suggests the data which might be gathered and reviewed for evaluation purposes. Written from the perspective that an appellate office should provide its clients with the same high quality representation that is available to those who seek private counsel, the manual consists of a series of 23 topics on which an appellate defender office can evaluate itself. The format for each topic is similar: an introductory question indicating the topic and its importance and a series of questions upon which the office should assess its performance. The topics covered include those under the major categories of organizing services, working within the community, and office administration. Specifically dealt with are staffing--training, standards, staffing ratios per case weighting; client contact; brief preparation; discretionary review; office structure and procedures; facilities; and more. Standards for appellate defender offices are appended, along with a bibliography of nine references. (Author abstract modified).
Index Term(s): Defense; Defense counsel; Defense services; Evaluation measures; Legal aid services; Public defenders; Standards
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