ABA Guidelines

American Bar Association Guidelines for the Appointment and Performance of Defense Counsel in Death Penalty Cases (2003)

The ABA Guidelines set forth a national standard of practice for the defense of capital cases in order to ensure high quality legal representation for all persons facing the death penalty.  The guidelines apply from the arrest of the defendant and extend to all stages of every case, including initial and ongoing investigation, pretrial proceedings, trial, post-conviction review, clemency proceedings, and any connected litigation.  The ABA maintains a list of cases citing to the Guidelines.  Clicking here will take you to that portion of the ABA site with this list.

Supplementary Guidelines for the Mitigation Function of Defense Teams in DP Cases (2008)

Provides interdisciplinary performance standards to ensure that all members of the defense team perform in accordance with prevailing national norms when representing a death-eligible defendant.