The Indiana Supreme Court Case

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History Over a century ago the roots of right to counsel for indigent defendants developed. In the Indiana Supreme Court case in 1853 (Webb v Baird) recognized the right to an attorney at public expense for an indigent persons. The Supreme Court wrote, “It is not to be thought of in a civilized community for a moment that any citizen put in jeopardy of life or liberty should be debarred of counsel because he is too poor to employ such aid…. No court could be expected to respect itself to sit and hear such a trial. The defense of the poor in such cases is a duty, which will at once be conceded as essential to the accused, to the court and to the public (National Legal para 2).” United States Constitution states in the sixth amendment that,…show more content…
“Clients are screened for eligibility, and the defense counsel is assigned and notified of appointment, as soon as feasible after clients’ arrest, detention, or request for counsel.”
4. “Defense counsel is provided sufficient time and a confidential space within which to meet with client.”
5. “Defense counsel’s workload is controlled to permit the rendering of quality representation.”
6. “Defense counsel’s ability, training, and experience match the complexity of the case.”
7. “The same attorney continuously represents the client until completion of the case”
8. “There is parity between defense counsel and the prosecution with respect to resources, and defense counsel is included as an equal partner in the justice system.”
9. “Defense counsel is provided with and required to attend continuing legal education.”
10. “Defense counsel is supervised and systematically reviews for quality and efficiency according to nationally and locally adopted standards.”

From the Supreme Court cases to the Constitution, Counsel for Indigent has changed briefly through out the last two centuries to make it what it is today. Even though it has made changes there are a few issues that still need to be resolved, application fees and lack of
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