ASSISTANCE OF COUNSEL - Black's Law Dictionary

What is ASSISTANCE OF COUNSEL? Definition of ASSISTANCE OF COUNSEL in Black's Law Dictionary

Sixth Amendment to Federal Constitution, guaranteeing accused in criminal prosecution "assistance of counsel" for his defense, means effective assistance. U.S.C.A. Const. Amend. 6. Thomas v. District of Columbia, 90 F.2d 424, 428, 67 App.D.C. 179. As distinguished from bad faith, sham, mere pretense or want of opportunity for conferences and preparation. Beckett v. Hudspeth, C.C.A.Kan., 131 F.2d 195, 196.

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