Department Of Assigned Counsel

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Attorneys are provided for charges including violations, misdemeanors, felonies, and appeals in criminal court, and most matters in family court. " data-group-annotation="false" data-google-translate="false" data-next_guid="32007047" data-build="dev-2019-07-11T.777Z" data-code-id="208121" data-guid="32007028" data-pdf-permission="true" data-url-schema="https" data-customer=""There shall be a Department of Assigned Counsel under the direction of a Supervising Attorney who shall be appointed by the County Administrator with a recommendation of the Advisory Board on Indigent Representation and confirmation of the Tompkins County Legislature.Two voting members of the Board shall be members of the Tompkins County Legislature.

Except as otherwise provided in this Charter, the Supervising Attorney shall ensure that all indigent persons are provided with quality legal representation in a timely manner through the Office of Assigned Counsel.

To this end the Supervising Attorney shall, with advice from the Advisory Board on Indigent Representation: The Supervising Attorney shall, under the general supervision of the County Administrator, ensure that all operations of the office conform to the policies and procedures adopted by the Tompkins County Legislature.

Updated copies of bylaws must be kept on file in the office of the Clerk of the Tompkins County Legislature.

Except as otherwise provided in this Charter, the Advisory Board on Indigent Representation shall have all the powers and perform all the duties now or hereafter conferred or imposed by the Tompkins County Legislature.

There shall be an Advisory Board on Indigent Representation consisting of 13 members appointed by majority vote of the Tompkins County Legislature for staggered three-year terms.

The members of the Board should represent a diversity of membership in order to ensure insulation from partisan politics; to represent the attorneys participating in the programs; to represent the client community; and shall, to the extent possible, contain representatives of the client community and organizations concerned with the problems of the client community.

It’s about overly aggressive law enforcement, a supine judiciary and almost comically ineffective representation, and how all of these things put a man on death row who nearly everyone now agrees is innocent — even the man who prosecuted him now doubts his guilt. And it’s about the murder of a much-liked deputy that, because of all of this, remains unsolved.

Getting pulled over by a police officer can be unsettling for anyone.

Each assigned case is monitored to ensure that every recipient of Plan services is fairly and appropriately represented and that appeals are timely and expeditiously perfected, objectives that are considered essential to the Plan’s success.

As part of its commitment to the above, the Plan’s administrative staff is always available to attorney participants to assist in responding to specific questions or problems.


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