A Review of the Operation and Performance of the Office of the State Public Defender

Report #90, October 1988


The cost of indigent appellate defense is rising dramatically. This study notes duplicative administrative and overview costs between the State Public Defender and the court-appointed private counsel system.

The Commission makes seven findings and eight recommendations, including the merger of the Public Defender’s Office, the Appellate Projects and private court-appointed counsel into a single autonomous agency. This will address current problems and ensure continued high quality criminal indigent appellate defense within the State.