How does one qualify for free legal services

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How does one qualify for free legal services? Ordinarily, a defendant who wants legal counsel  appointed at government expense must ask a judge to appoint an attorney and provide the court with  information about his or her income and resources. Each state makes its own rules with respect to  who is indigent. More than 80 percent of the people in the U.S. who are accused of a felony use a publicly appointed  defense attorney. The federal government and many states set up public defender offices. Typically,  the chief public defender is an elected or appointed official who supervises assistant public  defenders. Public defenders represent indigent defendants in criminal cases. In states that don't 
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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
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