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Public defender's office changes

‘... near catastrophic if something doesn’t change’

Mason County Chief Public Defender Peter Jones told commissioners his office is about to be “hit by a train” thanks to updated Washington State Bar standards that “drastically” change attorney caseloads, which will affect how the county prosecutes and defends criminal cases.

At a March 24 briefing, Jones requested commissioners immediately form a committee to study the problem and begin implementing changes to the county’s criminal justice system.

“I think we need to start putting together a committee right now that figures out how to minimize the amount of cases that get filed,” Jones said.



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