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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

"Lawmakers say Oregon ‘primed’ for lawsuit after scathing American Bar Association report"

From, via NACDL's news-of-interest:

Oregon’s public defense system has less than one-third of the public defenders required to meet current caseloads, according to an American Bar Association report publicly released Friday.

The report found Oregon’s Office of Public Defense Services requires 1,888 public defenders, but only has the equivalent of 592 public defenders — a 69% deficit.

“At current caseloads, [the Office of Public Defense Services] simply is unable to adequately represent individuals in adult criminal and juvenile cases,” the two-year study found.

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