Evaluation of the Public Defender Service in England and Wales

Evaluation of the Public Defender Service in England and Wales

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This report presents the findings of the independent evaluation of the Public Defender Service based on an evaluation of its work over the first three years of its existence, between 2001 and 2004. Chapter 1 sets out the policy background to the establishment of the PDS. Chapter 2 presents findings relating to the background of the clients and complexity of the cases. Chapter 3 compares the way the PDS and private criminal defence firms process cases. Chapter 4 contains findings on the quality of work; Chapter 5 analysis the time spent on cases. Chapter 6 reports on a survey on the effectiveness, quality, and independence of the PDS. Chapter 7 reports on a survey of experiences of working with the PDS.5 Private practice firms must also record this information on their own case files and make it available to the LSC ... practice through our own case file samples ( see Chapter 2), and further reference is made to this basis of comparison ... PDOs included in the research was devoted to a#39;production of letters/documentsa#39; or to a#39;time spent on telephone callsa#39;. ... meetings: between 6.9% and 11.6% to staff training; and between 17.2% and 28.6% was taken up with staff holidays and sickness.

Title:Evaluation of the Public Defender Service in England and Wales
Author: Lee Bridges, Great Britain: Legal Services Commission
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2007-07-31

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