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June 7, 2012
Public Defender, Eleventh Judicial Circuit v. State of Florida
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.