The Arraignment Checklist, based on Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto, was developed by The Bronx Defenders in 2010. Designed by advocates from our criminal, civil, family and social work practices, the Checklist ensures that our clients are appropriately screened by attorneys at arraignments for all their legal and non-legal needs. By using a checklist that is specifically tailored to our client population, our lawyers at arraignments can identify those clients who are facing collateral consequences such as eviction, joblessness, and deportation as well as those who are in need of social service support. Our specially designed Checklist software then ensures that our referral process is effective and efficient. Within days of arraignments, the attorney will receive an email reminder to refer the client to the appropriate advocate on his or her interdisciplinary team. The Checklist is a key component of Holistic Defense, enabling us to achieve better case and life outcomes for all our clients.
Click here to download a copy of The Bronx Defenders Checklist.