Good news! In response to the truckloads of Motions to Discover Criminal History of Defendants being filed by our members, the District Judges have signed a Joint Order Regarding the Distribution of Criminal History Reports to Defense Attorneys.
In a nutshell, the CDA is ordered to provide defense attorneys with criminal histories of defendants as part of the discovery that is normally released in pending criminal cases. However, defense attorneys are not to provide copies of the criminal histories to the defendants, and shall use the criminal history report “only for discussion purposes with clients.” Since our files actually belong to our clients, I don’t know if the last part is enforceable, but in general I think the Order is a very good thing.
Click here to view the order: Joint Order Regarding the Distribution of Criminal History Reports to Defense Attorneys