1989 -- South Carolina
Vance L. Cowden
South Carolina Law Institute
ABSTRACT & CITATION
Study evaluates the South Carolina post-conviction relief (PCR) system for indigent criminal defendants. Problems with the present system include: lack of compensation for appointed counsel, appointment of attorneys who lack adequate experience or training in criminal or post-conviction practice; insufficient time to prepare cases; and large numbers of nonmeritorious post-conviction cases filed in the courts. Recommendations include: establishing a statewide office/program to provide representation in PCR cases at all stages; providing state funds for the compensation of appointed counsel; providing state funding for the compensation of volunteer and appointed counsel in death penalty PRC cases; and increasing the hourly rates of compensation to be paid for both in-court and out-of-court time.
Cowden, Vance L. 1989. South Carolina Indigent Defense Services on Post-Conviction Relief. Columbia, SC: South Carolina Law Institute (February).Topics: Assigned Counsel, Caseloads, Ethical and Professional Responsibilities, Funding, Investigation, Pro Se, Salaries, Training
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