To provide constitutionally mandated legal representation to indigent clients appointed by the court.
- Establish timely and effective communications with clients regarding legal rights, legal process, charges and evidence
- Timely review of case materials to advise clients.
- Timely actions taken on behalf of clients.
|Mission Results||Core Services|
|A: Result - Indigent clients receive legal advice and representation to ensure fair opportunity to respond to the state's case.|
|A1: Core Service - Establish timely and effective communications with clients regarding legal rights, legal process, charges and evidence|
|A2: Core Service - Timely review of case materials to advise clients.|
Target #1: 100% of cases are opened and assigned an attorney within 48 hours of appointment
% of Cases Opened and Assigned an Attorney within 48 Hours of Appointment
Analysis of results and challenges: In FY2021, 78% of cases were opened and assigned an attorney in 48 business hours. Retention and recruitment challenges in the centralized case opening unit have impacted the number of cases opened consistent with the measure. Attaining this measure will enable the attorney to provide timely advice regarding the case.
|A3: Core Service - Timely actions taken on behalf of clients.|
Target #1: 75% of appellate opening briefs are completed within 90 days.
% of Appellate Opening Briefs Completed within 90 Days
Analysis of results and challenges: In FY2021, 13% of opening briefs were filed within 90 days. Significant appellate backlog and attorney vacancies have impacted the rate at which opening briefs are filed. Instances where cases are filed within this time frame are child in need of aid and commitment cases and the increase in the number of case openings for those types of appeals impact this measure.
Target #2: Reduction in number of appellate cases pending assignment for drafting opening briefs.
Public Defender Appellate Backlog
Analysis of results and challenges: The Public Defender Agency increased the use of appellate contract attorneys during 2017 and transferred a large number of appellate matters to the Office of Public Advocacy, to ensure appellate filing deadlines were met on cases that had been awaiting assignment. With limited staffing in the appellate section, training, transitioning new attorneys to the section, and an increase in filings there has been an increase in the Appellate backlog since 2017.
Current as of October 28, 2021