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Criminal Legal Aid Resources

This section includes papers, reports, studies, management and delivery tools related to criminal legal aid

The Model Code of Conduct for Legal Aid Lawyers in Criminal Cases was drafted by members of the Legal Aid Reformers Network through a number of meetings in Chisinau, Kiev and Tbilisi in 2013, which were convened by the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Judge Alfred Nance's recent order requiring the assistance of legal counsel to defendants at pre-trial hearings hopefully will serve as a wake-up call for Maryland's criminal justice system ("Court order could push state to send lawyers to bail hearings," Jan. 15).
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is bulking up the Public Defender Service (PDS) “as a way of breaking the dispute with advocates over fees”, it was claimed yesterday.
The state could be forced by next week to let suspected criminals in Baltimore go free until trial if it does not provide them with lawyers at the time their bail is set.
Law firms with solicitors who have been found guilty of professional misconduct are still receiving millions in legal aid, according to a BBC investigation.
An overhaul of legal aid may lead to a significant number of people not being represented in court by a solicitor or barrister, the country's most senior judges have warned the Justice Secretary.
Chris Grayling has announced a climb-down over legal aid reforms that would have restricted public funds to a handful of big law firms.
The European Commission, Parliament and Council have this month reached agreement on the text of a Directive which will guarantee the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings and to communicate upon arrest.
Viviane Reding - Vice President of the European Commission, EU Commissioner for Justice.