The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission's response to COVID-19:
The VIDC is committed to protecting our employees and clients. With this goal, we have instructed all of our offices to stop in-person office meetings and instead do telephone interviews and meetings as clients, their families, and others are able. We have also instructed our offices to find a staffing rotation that significantly reduces the number of people in the office at any time. Should any member of our staff in any office test positive for COVID-19, we will immediately close the office and all staff will work from home. Additionally, all Public Defender offices and private court-appointed attorneys are advised to reach out to the court and prosecutors to work toward release, as many of our clients who are incarcerated are not safe in detention facilities should the virus enter the facility.
Advice for those providing indigent defense on how to help our clients can be found on this website: https://thejusticecollaborative.com/covid19/
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“[I]n our adversary system of criminal justice, any person haled into court, who is too poor to hire a lawyer, cannot be assured a fair trial unless counsel is provided for him. This seems to us to be an obvious truth . . . .” Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335, 344 (1963).