Can a Public Defender Really Handle 700 Cases a Year?

Source: Gabrielle Canon, Mother Jones, July 27, 2015

A new ACLU lawsuit takes on a California county where 60 public defenders work 42,000 cases every year….

ACLU Sues Over Failing Public Defense System in Fresno County, California / Tens of Thousands Go Without Legal Representation that the Constitution Guarantees
Source: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Press Release, July 15, 2015

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, and the law firm Paul Hastings LLP filed a lawsuit against Fresno County and the state of California, seeking an overhaul of the county’s deficient public defense system. Because public defenders do not receive the resources necessary to represent their clients, thousands of Fresno County residents are forced to navigate the criminal justice system without the adequate legal representation that is guaranteed by the Constitution.