Review our collection of relevant web links and research related to the Right to Counsel.

In the News

60 Minutes Segment: New Orleans' chief public defender, Derwyn Bunton, tells Anderson Cooper that until he can ensure every client gets the defense they deserve, he'll continue to turn cases away.

Resources from National Organizations

Department of Justice Resources

National Standards

Excessive Workload

Contracting for Public Defense

Assigned Counsel Systems

Public Defense Reform Efforts


Court Decisions

  • State of Iowa v. Archaletta Latrice Young
    • Under the Right to Counsel provision of Article I, Section 10 of the Iowa State Constitution, a misdemeanor defendant has a right to the assistance of counsel when the defendant faces the possibility of imprisonment.

Resources from the Field

Written Eligibility Guidelines/Rules

Forms for Assessing/Determining Eligibility for Public Defense Services

Applications for Public Defense Services

Including applications in multiple languages.

Caseload/Workload Information

Client Focused Information

General information regarding legal rights, including FAQs on legal processes, information on rights when interacting with police, how to apply for a lawyer, checking the status of a case, etc.

Additional Sample Materials in Multiple Languages