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Forthcoming Opinion

April 12, 2013

On Monday, April 15, 2013, the Supreme Court will release opinions in 10 cases, one of which is within the scope of our coverage. We’ll update Monday morning with a summary of the opinion, but below is a summary of the case and issues.

S10U1679 In re: Formal Advisory Opinion 10-1

On June 15, 2010, Formal Advisory Opinion No. 10-1 was filed with the Supreme Court. The advisory opinion applies Rule 1.10 of the Rules of Professional Conduct to public defender officers, which would prohibit public defender offices in the same circuit from representing co-defendants when a single lawyer would have a conflict of interest.

On July 5, 2010, the Public Defender Standards Council petitioned the Supreme Court to review the advisory opinion, which the Supreme Court agreed to do. The Council requests the Court disapprove the advisory opinion.

The case was heard at oral argument on January 10, 2012.

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