contract with the State Public Defenders Office must meet new requirements to
qualify for work from the SPD office. The new requirements, which went into
effect Jan. 1, are based on the class of criminal case involved. They include:
· Class A and B
– four years of practice experience and five hours of CLE in criminal law;
completion of five jury trials; and references from three judges.
· Class C and D
felonies – two years of practice experience and five hours of CLE in criminal
law; completion of one jury trial.
· Misdemeanors – three hours of CLE
in criminal law annually.
· Juvenile – three hours of CLE
in juvenile law annually.
point, civil jury trials cannot be counted toward the jury trial requirement.
However, the state public defender has the discretion to waive some of the
requirements in cases of need.