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2. The three methods used to provide counsel for indigent defendants are assigned counsel which is when the court appoints a lawyer in private practice to represent an indigent defendant now this happens in one of two ways ad hoc system or coordinated basis. In ad hoc assignment systems, private attorneys tell the judge that they are willing to take the cases of indigent defendants. When an indigent needs counsel, the judge either assigns lawyers in rotation from a prepared list or chooses one of the attorneys who are known and present in the courtroom. The strengths and weakness of this method depends on one’s view. Some judges appoint attorneys to cases based on political support the attorney may offer to the judge during election. The low fees for counsel discourage skilled attorneys from taking criminal cases and may also encourage defense attorneys to persuade clients to plead guilty to a lesser charge to avoid money lost when a client goes to the very time consuming effort of a trial, the contract system which the
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course ADM J 111 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '06 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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