Prerequisites For Representation
In addition to being proficient in substantive and procedural law, counsel should possess knowledge, skill, training and experience commensurate with the nature of the allegations and the complexity of the case.
It is counsel's role to act as a zealous advocate for the client's ultimate goals and objectives in the commitment proceedings and to advise the client on how best to achieve them.
Initial Client Interview
Upon being retained or appointed by the court, counsel should conduct an initial interview with the client as soon as possible, in most cases within 24 hours, but in all cases prior to the hearing.
Obligations Of Counsel Pre-hearing
Counsel should obtain documents filed in the case, review reports and records of relevance, prepare pre-trial motions and engage in negotiations at the client's direction.
Counsel should provide quality representation and advocacy for the client at commitment proceedings.
Obligation Of Counsel Post-hearing
It is counsel's responsibility to represent or obtain representation for any residual legal matters relating to the case.