Florida Supreme Court accepts ineffective assistance of counsel case

This is huge. The Florida Supreme Court has granted review in the case of a mother who lost her parental rights at a trial which began with her defense attorney informing the court that he was not prepared to go forward. Oral argument will be February 3, 2015. Briefs are due November 20 and 25. No continuances. The justices granting review: Labarga, Pariente, Lewis, Quince, and Perry.

I’ve already written my opinion on this matter. There’s no good reason to not have a procedure to handle IAC claims in termination cases. Not having one causes a lot of problems and undermines the fairness of the whole process.

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