Boynton Beach, FL asked in Legal Malpractice for Florida

Q: Is there a procedure for a court to follow to see if a registering lawyer is competent to represent a defendant ?

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Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Don't know what you mean by "a registering lawyer", but in any event, Courts do not screen appearing lawyers for competence. If you are referring to an Assistant Public Defender, the Public Defender carefully screens applicants for lawyer positions in his/her office and thereafter supervises his/her lawyers. If some real, fact-based doubt about competence of an APD arises, it should be addressed with the Public Defender's Office, and if necessary, the judge.

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