Missouri Public Defender Reaches Maximum Cases
The Missouri Public Defender system announced today that the Springfield office is "certified". This word is used in the legal system to refer to an office that has reached the maximum amount of cases allowed based on the amount of hours available to its attorneys.
Thirty-four of the 36 public defender offices throughout the state of Missouri, including Boone County, are also close to the point of having to deny new cases.
Public defenders say a lack of resources is the hardest part of their job. The state director of the Public Defender Commission, Marty Robinson, said that, "This is the first time any public defender office has reached the point it cannot take new cases."
Robinson was very clear and said that, "If drastic measures aren't taken soon to ease caseloads, other offices may follow."