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Topical Working Group Meeting on Right to Counsel and Indigent Defense
In March 2015, NIJ hosted a meeting to assess the current state of the indigent defense field and guide the development of a comprehensive research agenda, with particular focus on key issues in indigent defense research. The goals of the meeting were to:
To guide the development of a comprehensive research agenda, this meeting's goals are to:
- Discuss what is known in four identified topic areas:
- Juveniles and access to counsel.
- Barriers to counsel for adults.
- Use of data and operational research.
- Assigned counsel and panel attorney systems.
- Identify current gaps in the research.
- Identify future actionable research questions.
- Begin taking steps to craft a research agenda.
Expert Working Group: International Perspectives on Indigent Defense
In January 2011, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Access to Justice Initiative and NIJ convened a working group to discuss the international and domestic practice of criminal indigent defense and the research needed to improve it.
National Symposium on Indigent Defense: Looking Back, Looking Forward, 2000-2010
In 1999, DOJ convened the National Symposium on Indigent Defense, bringing stakeholders together to build partnerships and collaborations that would enhance representation of indigent criminal defendants.
For the National Symposium on Indigent Defense: Looking Back, Looking Forward, 2000-2010, DOJ brought officers of the court, legislators and advocates together to assess how far the country had come since the 1999 symposium and identify critical areas for improvement.