Woolery v. State of Missouri

Joint Brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as Amicus Curie in Support of Appellant

Brief filed: 11/14/2023


Woolery v. State of Missouri

Supreme Court of Missouri; Case No. SC100170

Prior Decision

Decision below 2023 WL 4188250, June 27, 2023


Because Missouri arraignments require the entry of a plea and trigger short deadlines for the assertion of important trial rights which are otherwise waived, arraignment is a “critical stage” requiring the appointment and attendance of counsel. Similarly, bail hearings (which often occur at the same time as arraignment) have an impact on the defendant’s liberty and likelihood of success at trial. Therefore, the bail hearing is also a critical stage requiring counsel.


Chad Flanders, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri; Kathryn B. Parish and Elizabeth Unger Carlyle, Carlyle Parish LLC, Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri

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