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Unformatted text preview: have public defenders, most of the criminal cases are handled through an assigned counsel system. In such a system, the court appoints a private attorney to represent indigent defendants. A judge selects the attorney from a list established by the court, and the attorney's fee is paid by the government with jurisdiction over a case. The contract system is used in a few counties, mainly in the western states. In this system, a law firm or lawyer is paid a set amount of money to handle indigents' defense cases for a specified period....
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- Fall '09