Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Trying to get more money for court-appointed counsel

The Norfolk paper has this editorial in support of the efforts of Del. McDonnell, among others, to try to get a pay raise for the lawyers who take on court-appointed criminal clients in Virginia's courts.

Since I'm a lawyer, I think this is a very important issue - funding for public defenders and court-appointed counsel. There ought to be a requirement that every time any member of the General Assembly introduces a bill that would change any part of Titles 18.2 (Crimes) or 19.2 (Criminal Procedure), which they do all the time, the money for lawyers for the indigent defendants will go up by 1%.

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