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Petitioning for Funds for Domestic Violence Expert Witnesses in Defense Cases

by Quetita Cavero (November 2020)

Securing funds for expert services in cases with indigent defendants can be very challenging despite state and federal constitutional mandates, but often, attorneys cannot provide effective assistance of counsel without doing so.  This piece provides an overview of counsel’s constitutional duty to secure expert assistance, the scope of the government’s obligation to provide funds to defendants for expert services, and how counsel for indigent defendants may petition the court for funds for a domestic violence expert. [40 pages]