Peter W. Tague


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.