States are moving away from opinion-based national standards. Instead they are increasingly relying upon evidence-based standards that account for state and local factors influencing the time required for effective representation.
The weighted caseload study methodology asks defense attorneys to track time spent on different types of court-appointed cases. A panel of experts then reviews the findings and recommends adjustments. The process results in guidelines for the amount of time required to deliver an adequate defense for all different levels of cases.
The five major components of the weighted caseload study will be implemented between September 2013 and December 2014.
Full detail about the study is provided in the research proposal approved by the Texas Indigent Defense Commission.