Local public defender elected to leadership role

From Staff Reports

   The Tennessee District Public Defenders Conference Committee has elected David Bautista to serve as the 2003-04 East Tennessee Representative of the conference.
   Bautista is public defender for the First Judical District which includes Carter, Johnson, Unicoi, and Washington counties.
   The Public Defenders Conference is a statewide system of elected public defenders from each judicial district. The executive committee of the Public Defenders Conference is the decision-making body of the conference.
   The committee helps public defenders across the state discharge their official duties and assists with the enactment of laws and rules of procedure necessary for effective administration of justice.
   District public defenders represent citizens who are charged with crimes and cannot afford to hire their own attorneys.
   Bautista will help lead public defenders through a critical time as more Tennesseans than ever before face the maze of our criminal justice system. The public defender's role is often reactionary to public policy.
   As the public demands intense crime fighting efforts, the public defender is pressed into even greater service to handle the wave of defendants entering the courtroom.
   Bautista and his staff represent the majority of criminal cases in the local courts.