June 7, 2012
Public Defender, Eleventh Judicial Circuit v. State of Florida
Case Number(s):
SC09-1181, SC10-134
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The Public Defender advised the trial court that its caseload had become so excessive that it could no longer take new non-capital felony cases. The trial court issued an order allowing the office to refuse some new cases. The Third District Court of Appeal overturned that ruling. In a second similar case, the trial court issued an order approving a request for an individual public defender to withdraw from a case. The 3rd DCA overturned that ruling as well.