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Case Name Virginia State Investigation of Indigent Defense System PD-VA-0001
Docket / Court docket unknown ( No Court )
State/Territory Virginia
Case Type(s) Indigent Defense
Case Summary
In 2006, Virginia narrowly avoided a lawsuit that was prepared by Covington & Burling lawyers, along with support from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers ("NACDL"), the Virginia Indigent Defense Coalition, and the American Bar Association ("ABA"), when it agreed to undertake ... read more >
In 2006, Virginia narrowly avoided a lawsuit that was prepared by Covington & Burling lawyers, along with support from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers ("NACDL"), the Virginia Indigent Defense Coalition, and the American Bar Association ("ABA"), when it agreed to undertake widespread reform in its indigent defense system. The Spangenberg Group, on behalf of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, prepared this 2004 report which garnered significant national and local media attention. It detailed severe systemic problems with Virginia's indigent defense system and recommended a number of reforms. This report was influential in helping educate the public about the serious flaws in the then-existing indigent defense system, as well as informing the legislative debate around the type of reform that was most appropriate. See Malia Brink, Indigent Defense Reform in Virginia: A Long Road Well-Traveled, CHAMPION, May 2007. This article is available online: www.nacdl.org/champion.aspx?id=4751.

Timothy Shoffner - 07/12/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Assistance of counsel (6th Amendment)
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Quality of representation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Special Case Type
Out-of-court
Plaintiff Description No plaintiff because this is not a court case. The Spangenberg Group, on behalf of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, prepared a report on the sever systemic problems with Virginia's indigent defense system.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  Justice Denied: America's Continuing Neglect of Our Constitutional Right to Counsel.
Date: Apr 14, 2009
By: National Right to Counsel Committee (The Constitution Project)
Citation: National Right to Counsel Committee, Justice Denied: America's Continuing Neglect of Our Constitutional Right to Counsel (2009)
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  The Third Generation of Indigent Defense Litigation
New York University Review of Law and Social Change
Date: 2009
By: Cara Drinan (Columbus School of Law, Catholic University)
Citation: 33 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 427 (2009)
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  Indigent Defense Reform: The Role of Systemic Litigation in Operationalizing the Gideon Right to Counsel
Date: May 7, 2007
By: Vidhya K. Reddy (Washington University in St. Louis)
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  Securing Reasonable Caseloads: Ethics and Law in Public Defense
By: Norman Lefstein (Indiana University--Indianapolis)
Citation: (ABA 2011)
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Docket(s)
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General Documents
A Comprehensive Review of Indigent Defense in Virginia
PD-VA-0001-0001.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 01/01/2004

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