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Capital Area Private Defender Service

The judges have adopted several process changes that will result in the need for fewer bench appointments.  However, CAPDS and the judiciary recognize that there will still be times when attorneys and clients must be paired that day in court.  These situations are varied but include clients in custody, clients from out of town, probation revocations, and other urgent matters.  These programs are intended to meet those needs.


All of these programs are pilots, and we will improve them based on feedback from each of you, the judges, and court staff.  Our goal is to assist you in receiving cases in a fair and equitable manner as required by the CCP, while allowing the courts to have their need for efficiency and availability met.  We hope panel members will consider taking part as their schedules permit.  We are deploying several technological solutions that should allow easy participation and considerable control by attorneys.


You can learn more here.






Attorneys of the Day

This program is available to A or B panel attorneys at this time.  This program will address the need of all criminal courts except CC4 and the Magistrate's Court.  Courts will contact CAPDS when they are in need of an attorney.  We have provided 3 sign up slots for each day. Assignments will cycle through those attorneys who have signed up for any given day.  


Magistrate Docket

This program is available to A, B, and C panel attorneys at this time.  This program will address the needs of in custody clients brought to Magistrate's Court. Based on our research we estimate that Mag. court will need 1 attorney on most days.  We have provided 1 slot each day.   


County Court 4 Docket


This program is available to all panel attorneys at this time.  This program will address the needs of in-custody clients brought to CC4. Based on our research, we estimate that CC4 will need between 3-6 attorneys on most days.  We have provided 2 slots each day.  Assignments will cycle through those 2 attorneys who have signed up for any given day.  The assignments will be in the 3rd degree felony and misdemeanor range.  Most cases will not be resolved that day.