Private Counsel Appointment for Public Defender Clients
Training and Resources



Thank you for standing together to serve those in need.

I do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Missouri;

That I will maintain the respect due courts of justice, judicial officers and members of my profession and will at all times conduct myself with dignity becoming of an officer of the court in which I appear;

That I will never seek to mislead the judge or jury by any artifice or false statement of fact or law;

That I will at all times conduct myself in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct; and,

That I will practice law to the best of my knowledge and ability and with consideration for the defenseless and oppressed.


Private Counsel

This session provides an overview of the following:

  • How a case moves through the system,
  • Range of punishment and types of probation
  • Resources for clients
  • Common terminology

Client First Interview, Reviewing Discovery, and Negotiations

After you've been assigned a client to represent, what's next?  This segment will walk you through:

  • Conducting the first interview with your client,
  • Reviewing discovery for drug possession and felony stealing cases, and
  • Negotiating with the prosecutor in order to get the best outcome from the plea offer.


In the course of defending your client, you may need to file motions on their behalf with the Court.  This section provides an overview of some of the common motions filed, including:

  • Request for Discovery
  • Compel
  • Dismiss
  • Suppress
  • Notice of Deposition
  • Pretrial Motions


The Plea

If your client has decided to plead guilty, what must you do?  This section will explore:

  • Alternative options to explore prior to entering a plea of guilty such as diversion programs,
  • 'Open', 'Blind' and 'Non-Pursuant' pleas,
  • The client's rights to a trial,
  • Range of punishments,
  • Ethical obligations, and
  • How to conduct the guilty plea



The following sample motions can be downloaded for your reference:

The cases, statutes, rules and analysis contained in the sample motions are provided for guidance on formatting and style.    Courts have the general expectation that all motion pleadings are case specific as to facts and citations of law.  It is your duty to review all case law, statutes and rules contained in your pleadings.

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