Resources

Practice Advisories

WDA staff and the resource attorneys have created practice advisories on issues relevant to indigent defense. These documents are in Word format and you are encouraged to cut and paste them into your motions and other documents.

If you have an issue that you feel we should prepare an advisory on, let us know. If you have prepared practice advisories and would like to submit one for publication to the indigent defense community, please contact staff for publication to our data base.

As with all resources, WDA attempts to keep these documents current, but it is your responsibility to check the law for changes.

Here are the main subcategories for our Practice Advisories.

 

Below are the most recently updated documents and links in all practice advisories categories

2021 Legislation – Police and Prosecution Reforms (6.2021)

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Remote Resentencing Hearings (6.2021)

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DOC Virtua/Telephonic Hearing Form

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Blake Research Memo -Defense Objects to State Motion to Vacate (6.2021)

This research memo discusses the legal analysis if the defense opposes a State Motion to Vacate pursuant to St v. Blake.

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Limits on Prosecutors’ Charging Decision (6.2013)

This WDA Practice Advisory discusses possible legal challenges to prosecutors' filing or threatening charges.

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Blake and LFOs (6.2021)

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Legislation Impacting Felony Practice 2021

This DRAFT WDA Practice Advisory highlights 2021 legislation impacting felony practice.

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Blake Research Memo re Resentencing Strategy Post Blake (4.2021)

Thanks to Brian Flaherty for this memo, also offered as a CLE handout for the 2021 Defender Conference for a session on Blake, Resentencing, and Ethics.

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Voting Rights Restoration with 2021 Update (5.2021)

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Mental Health Sentencing Alternative (MHSA)(05.2021)

This Practice Advisory provides an overview of the new felony sentencing alternative available in 2021 for clients living with significant mental illness.

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