Indigents appealing criminal convictions are entitled to court-appointed counsel. The American Bar Association suggests a standard for providing the required representation. This standard is known as the Idaho Rule.
James E. Duggan and Andrew W. Moeller,
Make Way for the ABA: Smith v. Robbins Clears a Path for Anders Alternatives,
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