Monday, December 12, 2011

Kentucky indigent defense representation

The Kentucky Bar Association’s Board of Governors unanimously adopted a resolution at its November 18th meeting endorsing findings and recommendations that call for Gov. Steven L. Beshear and the Kentucky General Assembly to immediately address and improve the system for the representation of indigents in conflict cases. (See “Report of Kentucky Bar Association Task Force on Provision & Compensation of Conflict Counsel for Indigents” attached to resolution)

The nine recommendations relate to the funding and structure of the system, their press release stated, including allocation of an additional $5.2 million to implement changes that will bring the system into compliance with the ethical and constitutional requirements of the Kentucky Supreme Court and with the professional standards set out by the American Bar Association.

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