Ensuring Adequate Public Defense

CLS, along with two private law firms and the ACLU, represents clients in implementing a settlement of their suit to improve public defense services in Grant County, Washington. The county’s poorly administered public defense system had resulted in unreasonably high caseloads, lack of investigation, and multiple judicial findings of ineffective assistance of counsel. Under the settlement, the county has agreed to limit caseloads, provided adequate supervision, and meet other national standards for adequate public defense. A number of legal practitioners, suspected of negligent practices, were barred from providing public defense services in the future. You can read the full text of the settlement here.