81st Legislative Session Summary

              
86th Legislature (Regular, Jan. 8, 2019 to May 27, 2019)

Senate Criminal Justice Committee, Interim Charge re indigent defense

3. Review the performance of the Fair Defense Act and the Task Force on Indigent Defense. Study key outcomes of the law, including: appointment rates in felony and misdemeanor cases; state and county indigent defense expenditures; attorney caseloads; attorney compensation; access to investigators and experts; and overall quality of counsel for the indigent. Examine the Task Force on Indigent Defense's effectiveness in monitoring and enforcing standards and design strategies to improve the delivery of services for indigent defense, including timing of the appointment of counsel, the use of the appointment wheel and the monitoring of workloads and performance of attorneys.

Link to the full listing of Senate Committee Interim Charges.

House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, Interim Charge re indigent defense

2. Study how the state presently supports the establishment and maintenance of
public defender offices.

Link to the full listing of House Committee Interim Charges. (link to the hearing)