Voice for the Defense
23 | Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: The Undefinition—By Craig Jett
27 | The Current Legal Landscape of the U.S. Government’s Bulk Collection of Telephone Record Metadata, August 2014—By Mick Mickelsen
29 | Literature as a Portal into Human Nature for the Defender—By Ed & Sara Stapleton
35 | Thoughts on Cross-Examination—By Charles D. “Charlie” Butts
DWI Defense Project
May 1, 2015
New Attorney Reporting Requirements
Reporting portal now live - https://tidc.tamu.edu/attorneyreporting/
HB 1318 requires both attorneys and counties beginning this October to report new information to the Texas Indigent Defense Commission regarding the caseloads of attorneys who accept public appointments. The information will allow policymakers to make better decisions on the best way to manage their appointment processes. It should also benefit the bar by raising awareness of the work attorneys do and help identify situations in which low pay may be creating pressures on some defense attorneys to accept more cases than they can reasonably handle. It may also help pinpoint places where the wheel system may not be working as designed and further investigation may be warranted to ensure that appointments are being made in a fair, neutral, and nondiscriminatory manner. The bill requires the following:
An attorney appointed under this article shall: … not later than October 15 of each year and on a form prescribed by the Texas Indigent Defense Commission, submit to the county information, for the preceding fiscal year, that describes the percentage of the attorney's practice time that was dedicated to work based on appointments accepted in the county under this article and Title 3, Family Code.
More information is available here. Click here for a copy of the Attorney Reporting Instructions and Form. Click here for a copy of the Optional Attorney Practice-Time Reporting Worksheet. Additional information will be forthcoming as the October implementation date approaches.