Poor adults and children facing prosecution in the superior and juvenile courts of the Cordele Judicial Circuit filed a civil rights lawsuit, N.P. v. Georgia in Fulton County Superior Court. N.P. seeks remedies for the frequent absence of public defenders in juvenile court, the assembly-line processing of adults in the superior courts, and the persistent refusal of the counties and the State to provide the funding necessary to bring constitutional legal representation to Cordele’s poor. This suit is the second in the last decade challenging the inadequate representation provided to poor people accused of crime in this south Georgia Circuit.
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