The Champion

May 2007 , Page 10 

Search the Champion Looking for something specific?

Preview of Member Only Content

For full access: login or Become a Member Join Now

Indigent Defense Reform in Virginia: A Long Road Well-Traveled

By Malia Brink

In the past month, indigent defense advocates heralded a breakthrough in Virginia — the passage of a bill to make court-appointed counsel fee caps waivable upon a showing of good cause. This critical legislation means that for the first time ever in Virginia, judges can order court-appointed counsel to be compensated for each hour necessary to provide a defense. It eliminates the archaic statutory limit on the number of hours of defense work court-appointed counsel could provide and still be compensated, a limit which, for over 30 years, has penalized attorneys who sought to provide full and vigorous counsel to their clients.

This legislation is the most recent in a series of improvements that have been made over the last four years to Virginia’s historically troubled indigent defense system. And while these reforms are not an outright victory — Virginia’s indigent defense system is still far from meeting national standards — they are a series of enormous st

Want to read more?

The Champion archive is reserved for NACDL members.

NACDL members, please login to read the rest of this article.
login

Not a member? Join now.
Join Now
Or click here to see an overview of NACDL Member benefits.

See what NACDL members say about us.

To read the current issue of The Champion in its entirety, click here.

  • Media inquiries: Contact NACDL's Director of Public Affairs & Communications Ivan J. Dominguez at 202-465-7662 or idominguez@nacdl.org
  • Academic Requests: Full articles of The Champion Magazine are available for academic and research purposes in the WestLaw and LexisNexis databases.

In This Section

Advertisement Advertise with Us
ad