Brief filed: 11/14/2023
Woolery v. State of Missouri
Supreme Court of Missouri; Case No. SC100170
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