Supreme Court Discussion

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Supreme Court Discussion
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The 1963 Supreme Court judgment in Gideon v. Wainwright is considered a watershed in
US criminal justice. This ruling gives poor people accused of crimes in state courts the right to
legal representation, thus protecting Sixth Amendment rights. Before Gideon, several nations had
varied legislative frameworks governing the provision of legal representation to the needy
(National Legal Aid & Defender Association, 2013). This resulted in a situation where those
with limited resources frequently encountered an unfair judicial system. To preserve the core
principles of justice and due process in the criminal justice system, the Court aimed to guarantee
that all defendants, regardless of their financial situation, may benefit from legal representation
by guaranteeing the supply of counsel at state expense.
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