Public Defender Nuria DiLuzio presented her budget to Northampton County Council on Wednesday. Though she's calling for no major changes, she predicts changes might be necessary in 2021.
DiLuzio said her staff, which consists of 15 part-time and 3 full-time public defenders, is handling a caseload of 1,100 "active, substantive criminal cases." This includes 341 felonies and 4 major homicides.
"We're managing, but it's sometimes difficult with a part-time staff," she said. "I thought crime was going down."
She indicated she may seek a full-time public defender to handle appeals.