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State Public Defenders Office issues new requirements for contracting attorneys
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Attorneys who 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 felonies – 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.

At this 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.


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