The Coastal Packet: State not providing adequate funds for court appointed lawyers

Tuesday, May 16

State not providing adequate funds for court appointed lawyers

Maine Public Broadcating - It's become a chronic problem in Maine:  The state has failed to provide enough resources for court-appointed attorneys who represent low income clients.  This year, the funding has dried up two months early. That means lawyers who've been selected to handle criminal defense, juvenile, child custody and civil commitment cases won't get paid until the new fiscal year begins July 1.  Some of those lawyers are thinking about the best way to respond.

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