Whats the process to fire a court appointed lawyer?how to find a good lawyer to take your case pro bono
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See the link below, which describes the process in CA. Your state should have a similar process, though it will not be called a Marsden motion (the name comes from a CA case). If you are successful in convincing the court that your court appointed lawyer is not providing effective assistance of counsel, you will be able to get a new court appointed lawyer assigned. You might want to contact the state bar and get a few names of some of the better court appointed panel lawyers in your area - that way you can meet with your replacement lawyer in advance and get him/her to show up in court on the day of your motion so that the court can appoint that lawyer.
You can fire your attorney by simply telling him or her they are fired. The attorney will have to inform the court by filing a motion to withdraw. The court may or may not appoint another attorney. You have to decide for yourself if this is the right thing to do. As for finding a pro bono attorney, you can try legal aid or the public defender's office.
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