What can be done if a court appointed attorney has not been in contact with their incarcerated client and the client has now been served indictment papers?

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What can be done if a court appointed attorney has not been in contact with their incarcerated client and the client has now been served indictment papers?

Asked on December 12, 2014 under Criminal Law, New York

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

The client should contact the court and explain that the court-appointed attorney has not been doing his/her duty and has not been in contact with the client. The court has the authority to provide an alternate attorney or ask this lawyer to get in contact with his/her client. If for some reason the court seems reluctant to act, the client should also try contacting the state bar association and asking for assistance and guidance.


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