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Public Pretenders Are Not Like Real Lawyers in MN | Rule 8(b)

I'm not a judge. 

That said and as far as I can see: MN has removed a check and balance from it's legal system. 

Most definitely a route of appeal. 

this change is also most likely to affect low income citizens.

Title is a bit of an exaggeration(public pretenders). They are real lawyers but if you take one you will lose a key protective feature of the justice system.

What Protection is Lost?

it's the right for evaluation of your case by the lawyers Board of professional responsibility. Or rather the performance of your lawyer in your case.

One of the reasons you shouldn't represent yourself is said to be: you eliminate your right to mistrial by incompetent representation/ a shitty lawyer 

Introducing Minnesota lawyers Board of professional responsibility rule 8 (b)

It would seem this no longer applies in Minnesota.

Technically the original judge could decide this. Part of the power of the lawyers board is an independent set of eyes(or multiple) externally review the case to determine if your lawyer preformed adequately. They then have the power to force a retrial if not.

Here's a post that covers the pitfalls of the same court/judge being the only power able to do this.

There are various lawyers and advocacy groups talking about how bad this situation is with civil commitment. If you'd like to read more on that; start here

Worse yet (in my case) various officials (I won't name) knew this attorney by way of other patients having had her. 

Not one had a oz of positivity about her. Aka I wasn't the first to have this issue with that attorney

But I'm more trying to point out this system is broken

It also opens some really terrifying possibilities. I'm not saying that's what happened to me (because this system has me terrified to say even this)

but I'd like to point out that when you're held at a hospital with no directory access, without your phone or access to it, all you really have is what the court appoints to you

This opens some terrifying possibilities for cronyism between the counties the hospitals and or the one law firm(s) the county uses for these cases. If your county is set up like that.

Again I'm not necessarily speaking for my own case.

 I'm  pointing out that there doesn't seem to be any safeguard against this. 

As long as this is how it is and the power remains with the original Court. Ask yourself when this remains true and the only person in the system that can change things is the original judge or the original Court

Who are you going to complain to about it? How likely are they to care if they're the ones that watched it happen?

(A related article and corresponding link to a study about judges who violate their oath and sentencing law)

if the theory of law is people need consequences for negative actions to maintain a sense of justice(and from it order follows); then what happens if we let that become a  hallow label or the delusion?

Our system is in a shit state. and it's not the state of Minnesota it's the state of Minnesota's systems

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