Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
The right of a criminal defendant or appellant to have competent legal representation, whether the lawyer was appointed by the court or retained by the defendant. In general, competent legal representation is without errors that would result in the denial of a fair trial. This means that most attorney errors do not amount to ineffective assistance.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:15 pm