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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Indegent representation
The issue of legal representation for indigent defendants in Cocke County courts has been an on-going one. Often private attorneys must be appointed to represent a defendant because the Public Defender's office has a conflict. Even so, the public Defender's office is overloaded. In 2015, the Tennessee Supreme Court established the Indigent Representation Task Force to study and make recommendations concerning many issues surrounding Tennessee’s system of representation for indigent parties in criminal and juvenile matters. On April 3, 2017, after a listening tour across the state and extensive research over many months of hard work, the Task Force presented its final report, which contained a number of far-reaching recommendations to improve Tennessee’s current system. The recommendations include; The creation of an independent central commission to oversee all programs providing legal representation ; Developing uniform criteria for determining eligibility for services; Standardize compensation rates and increase the rate paid to appointed private counsel to an hourly rate of $75 to $125; Require that public defenders be appointed unless the public defender has a conflict of interest; Appropriating sufficient funds to the District Public Defenders to enable them to represent as many defendants as possible; In response, Chief Justice Jeff Bivins said, “We are very supportive of the recommendations and over the coming weeks, the Court will develop a strategy to implement many of these recommendations." Justice Bivens said some of the changes will be implemented immediately, but others will go into effect gradually.


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Saturday, January 20, 2018

  • Carpenter receives lengthy prison term
  • Jefferson Circuit guilty pleas
  • Smoking costs are high
  • Haslam appoints water committee
  • Newport Home grant

    Thursday, January 18, 2018

  • No school
  • Fine shooting incident
  • Tennessee lottery celebrating 14 years
  • Brooks backs off school vouchers
  • Southerland appointed to committees
  • Voting procedures in Tennessee are secure
  • Smoky Park camping fees to increase
  • Alzheimer research initiative announced

    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

  • Cocke Juvenile Court
  • No Cocke County school
  • Closings
  • Weather update
  • Cocke Circuit arrest warrants issued
  • Abbott charged
  • Bond scam
  • TBI has been dipping into it's Rainy Day Fund.

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

  • No Wednesday school in Cocke County
  • Please conserve power
  • EDC wants input
  • Cushman faces new charges
  • Gas prices
  • School closings

    Monday, January 15, 2018

  • No school in Cocke County
  • Arrowood arrest
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Day
  • Valentine is the new rescue squad Capyain
  • Family of four die in West Tennessee home fire
  • 250K Tree Day in Tennessee
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