The flux now engulfing the way in which the defenders of indigent criminal defendants are compensated in England's Crown Court provides a sober lesson for U.S. lawyers. Once, U.S. lawyers, who themselves are appointed to represent indigent defendants, could have cited English practice to support a hefty increase in the meager compensation they receive in many jurisdictions. Spiraling costs in England, however, have brought dramatic changes, and have occurred in a rush. This essay explores compensatory schemes, incentives to reduce the cost of case resolution, and methods to ensure adequate advocacy.
Peter W. Tague,
Economic Incentives in Representing Publicly-Funded Criminal Defendants in England's Crown Court,
23 Fordham Int'l L.J. 1128
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