Oregon State Bar
Indigent Defense Task Force
Survey of Defenders


What county do you principally practice in? ________________________________________

Current legal experience: (Check all that apply.)

Private Practice       Public Defender       Other _________________

Prior legal experience: (Check all that apply.)

Private Practice       Public Defender       District Attorney
Judge                      County Counsel       Other _________________

Primary form of Indigent Defense delivery services you have been involved with:

Consortium              Private Law Firm       Court List
Public Defender       None                         Other _________________

1. Indicate your observations of the overall quality of representation
for criminal defendants in your county:

Excellent       Good       Fair       Poor

2. Indicate your observations of the quality of representation
for retained criminal defendants in your county:

Excellent       Good       Fair       Poor

3. Indicate your observations of the quality of representation
for indigent defendants in your county?

Excellent       Good       Fair       Poor

4. In your experience, is there a difference in quality for indigent defense between felony and misdemeanor practice?

Yes       No, Explain: ____________________________________________

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5. Please rate the characteristics of criminal defense attorneys that you perceive as most important in producing quality representation:

Characteristic

Very
Important

Neutral
 

Not Very
Important

a. Temperament
b. Knows the law
c. Agressive
d. Organized
e. Ethical
f. Communicative
g. Timely
h. Reasonable
i. Trustworthy

5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1

6. Specifically, indicate the quality of the following practice characteristics for criminal defense attorneys who represent the indigent in your jurisdiction:

Defense attorneys are generally prepared for pretrial:
always       most of the time       sometimes       rarely

Defense attorneys are generally prepared for trial:
always       most of the time       sometimes       rarely

Defense attorneys are generally prepared for sentencing issues:
always       most of the time       sometimes       rarely

Defense attorneys work hard at negotiating the case:
always       most of the time       sometimes       rarely

Defense attorneys resolve cases pre-trial (settlement):
always       most of the time       sometimes       rarely

Deputy District Attorneys have realistic expectations about the strengths or weaknesses of the case:
always       most of the time       sometimes       rarely

Unrealistic expectations about the strengths of their case by Deputy District Attorneys impact the resolution of the case:
always       most of the time       sometimes       rarely

7. Rate your perception of criminal defense representation in the following areas:

Pre-charging investigation
excellent       good       fair       poor

Negotiations
excellent       good       fair       poor

Motion practice
excellent       good       fair       poor

Plea practice
excellent       good       fair       poor

Trial practice
excellent       good       fair       poor

Sentencing
excellent       good       fair       poor

Client contact
excellent       good       fair       poor

Post-trial issues
excellent       good       fair       poor

P. V. issues
excellent       good       fair       poor

Appeal
excellent       good       fair       poor

8. Please identify the chief strong points of criminal defense in your county:

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9. Please identify the chief areas of concern for criminal defense practice in your county:

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10. In your experience, is there a difference between the quality of representation for retained and court appointed clients?

Yes       No, Explain: ____________________________________________

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