NLADA report

A Race to the Bottom
Speed & Savings Over Due Process: A Constitutional Crisis

Evaluation: Trial-Level Indigent Defense Services in Michigan

National Legal Aid and Defender Association, Copyright June 2008.

NLADA conducted an in-depth year-long study of public defense services in ten representative counties in partnership with the State Bar of Michigan. The study was called for by the state legislature under a concurrent resolution (SCR 39 of 2006). The counties studied were: Alpena, Bay, Chippewa, Grand Traverse, Jackson, Marquette, Oakland, Ottawa, Shiawassee, and Wayne. The study compares the services provided in the ten counties to the American Bar Association's Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System.

Excerpt from Executive Summary:

"The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) finds that the state of Michigan fails to provide competent legal representation to those who cannot afford counsel in its criminal courts."

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You can also view the report on the State Bar of Michigan's website.