Maryland District Court administrative judges would appoint private attorneys to represent defendants at initial bail hearings whenever the public defender’s office cannot provide the representation due to inadequate funding or staffing, under a proposal headed to the state’s top court.Read More »
ANNAPOLIS – Maryland’s top court has adopted a procedural rule for providing public defenders to indigent defendants at bail review hearings. The Court of Appeals’ rule, which took effect last Tuesday, follows the enactment last month of House Bill 261, ...Read More »
ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s top court has effectively decided to hold off on ordering that public defenders be provided to indigent suspects at initial bail hearings until the General Assembly acts on legislation that could make such an order moot. The ...
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With just hours to spare, Maryland’s top court has decided to wait almost two weeks before ordering that public defenders be provided to indigent suspects when a court commissioner sets their bail. The Court of Appeals’ order, which was to ...Read More »
ANNAPOLIS — The House Judiciary Committee appears poised to undo a court ruling that indigent defendants have a statutory right to counsel when their bail is set — a right the public defender estimates would cost the state $28 million ...Read More »
Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed $1.1 million boost to the public defender’s budget next fiscal year is welcome, but falls short of the money the agency will need to comply with the decision that it must represent indigent defendants at initial ...Read More »