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Relief on the way for overworked public defenders

The New York state Office of Indigent Legal Services (ILS) has established new, dramatically lower, standards for the number of cases a public defense lawyer can be expected to handle. The new limits could be in effect statewide by 2023, ...

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Somes recognized for delivering justice

Reversals in two Monroe County criminal cases are being touted by a Webster-based organization in its quest to right or prevent injustice. Both were handled by Janet C. Somes, an assistant Monroe County public defender, who has been selected by ...

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NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics — Public Defender: Joint Opinion 13-124/13-125/13-128/13-129

NYS Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics Public Defender Indigent Counsel Program Joint Opinion 13-124/13-125/13-128/13-129 Background: Four judges asked about their ethical obligations in light of a new program by which the state of New York has awarded grant money to 25 ...

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Ontario public defender to open satellite office

The Ontario County Public Defender’s Office soon will have more of a presence in both of the cities that lie within the county’s borders. A grand opening could be held in March to officially open a satellite office in Geneva, ...

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Ontario Co. must pay to defend Kidera

Mediation is the next step for a case an Ontario County employee brought against the county and its former public defender. U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa, for the Western District of New York, issued an order Jan. 24, finding ...

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Committee on Professional Ethics — Public Defender: Opinion 935

NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics Public Defender Private Practice Opinion 935 Background: The inquiring attorney is an appointed public defender that has a staff including part-time and full-time assistants. The public defender created a practice policy for both the full-time ...

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Public defender training comes to county

The Monroe County Public Defender’s Office is one of 12 in the country that will host young attorneys in a new fellowship program designed to improve representation of indigent defendants. An initial class of 18 Public Defender Corps members ...

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