Study Overview

Study Overview:   Background   /   Methods   /   Timeline   /   Research Plan


Background

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.

Methods

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.

Timeline

The five major components of the weighted caseload study will be implemented between September 2013 and December 2014.

Research Plan

Full detail about the study is provided in the research proposal approved by the Texas Indigent Defense Commission.