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A CRIMINAL DEFENDANT'S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO DEFEND HIMSELF IS CONDITIONED UPON CERTAIN PROCEDURAL REQUIREMENTS IN ORDER TO FACILITATE THE ORDERLY ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE.
Gonzaga Law Review (1978)
  • Mark F Baum
Abstract

In State v. Fritz the Washington Court of Appeals held that although a criminal defendant has the right to waive counsel and to proceed pro se, this right is not unqualified. Such waiver of counsel, if denied by the trial court, will not automatically result in reversible error where the trial court finds that the judicious and orderly administration of justice demands observance of certain procedural requirements. The court's holding represents an erosion of an accused's right to conduct his own defense.

Keywords
  • criminal law; pro se representation
Publication Date
Spring 1978
Citation Information
Mark F Baum. "A CRIMINAL DEFENDANT'S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO DEFEND HIMSELF IS CONDITIONED UPON CERTAIN PROCEDURAL REQUIREMENTS IN ORDER TO FACILITATE THE ORDERLY ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE." Gonzaga Law Review Vol. 15 Iss. 565 (1978)
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