Counsel For Indigent
It entails assigning indigent criminal cases to some private attorneys on an ad hoc or
systematic basis. Several private counsels including the less experienced lawyers utilize this
opportunity to learn and gain trial and courtroom experience (Vecseri, 2018). The ad hoc
assigned counsel program is among the most common and it involves the court making the
appointment of the council. There is always no formal list or rotation method and no
qualification criteria are used in the selection of the attorneys. Even though the ad hoc assigned
counsel system remains the most commonly used defense system in the USA, specifically in less
populated counties, it has some problems or shortcomings. Firstly, it may foster patronage and
lack control over the qualification and experience level of appointed attorneys (Zeidman, 2017).
It is common for several appointments to be done by new lawyers seeking experience and public
exposure as compared to the highly competent ones that need a higher income. On the other
hand, a coordinated assigned counsel program entails a program that has oversight or an
administrative body. It requires the attorneys to meet some set qualifications before joining the
program and providing greater supervision degree, training, and the entire support for the
attorneys. Under the coordinated model, the attorneys are always assigned on a rotational basis
based on the areas of specialization and cases complexity.
A coordinated program is perceived
superior to an ad hoc program (Vecseri, 2018). However, it has some shortcomings or problems
that include being highly expensive hence may be costly to implement over the years.
other hand, it has some advantages that include the provision of quality defense services based
on qualification, specialization, and cases complexity. It also helps eliminate some patronage by
the judges in the assignment process and avoiding appointing cases to unqualified lawyers.
Contract Attorney Program