Defending the Indigent in Southwest Louisiana

Prepared by Michael M. Kurth, PhD and Daryl V. Burckel, DBA & CPA

This study examines the provision of legal services to indigent persons accused of felony crimes in Southwest Louisiana. It considers the funding, staffing and case load of the Calcasieu Parish Public Defender's Office, the amount of contact public defenders have with their clients, the resources available to the District Attorney's Office vis-à-vis the Public Defender's Office, as well as the process for assigning judges to cases and setting the court docket.



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