County Public Defender?

A new joint Allegan/Van Buren County public defender is on the horizon. Van Buren County Commissioners voted their approval to a development plan for the new position at their July 11, 2017 meeting.

Will a public defender — an attorney representing poor residents in trouble with the law — step into the courtroom sometime soon?

A Herald Palladium report from 2016 explains how the county may be forced to create, or share with neighboring counties, the public defender’s office.

About $700,000 of county money goes to defending poor clients every year according to the article. Will that figure increase or decrease when this new position is introduced?

by Chuck Williams

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