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County of Nevada v. Superior Court
Application of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and National Associat[ion] of Criminal Defense Lawyers to Appear as Amici Curiae on Behalf of Real Parties in Interest Pursuant to California Rule of Court, Rule 8.200(c), and Brief in Support of Real Parties.
Argument: California's statutory scheme, which includes Business and Professions Code 6068, requires lawyers to communicate with clients on matters of importance to the representation. The opportunity for direct, person-to-person communication unencumbered by the appearance of barriers is a matter of importance to the frank exchange of confidential communications. The Court should avoid encouraging the erosion of the right of access to counsel based on trivial concerns and on mere preference or convenience for jailers.