public defender http://kbia.org en Bill could give relief to public defenders - if Gov. Nixon signs http://kbia.org/post/bill-could-give-relief-public-defenders-if-gov-nixon-signs <p></p><p>Legislation that could ease the caseload of Missouri public&nbsp;defenders is being considered by Gov. Jay Nixon.</p><p>The measure would allow the public&nbsp;defender system to ask the presiding judge of a judicial circuit for a conference to discuss caseload issues. The judge could decide whether to grant relief in a particular case. Fri, 31 May 2013 13:29:04 +0000 Associated Press 34642 at http://kbia.org Bill could give relief to public defenders - if Gov. Nixon signs State Audit Released On Mo. Public Defenders http://kbia.org/post/state-audit-released-mo-public-defenders The Missouri state auditor released a <a href="http://auditor.mo.gov/Press/2012-129.pdf">report</a> Wednesday on the state’s Public Defender system.<p>Among the findings: public defenders need to better track the hours they spend on each case and update the standards they use to determine what’s the appropriate caseload.<p>Auditor Tom Schweich says Public Defenders have relied on national standards that are out-of-date.<p>"They recognize what we said was accurate and they’ve agreed to implement the recommendation, and one of them is that you’ve got to use actuals in determining whether overwor Wed, 10 Oct 2012 22:19:55 +0000 Maria Altman 22609 at http://kbia.org State Audit Released On Mo. Public Defenders Newscast for December 14, 2011 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-december-14-2011-0 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 22:54:16 +0000 Leanne Butkovic 5348 at http://kbia.org