PHOENIX — Arizona’s highest court has ruled that defendants in criminal cases can represent themselves during an appeal, overturning a state Court of Appeals’ decision.
The state Supreme Court issued an opinion Friday in case involving a woman appealing a disorderly conduct conviction.
Lashauna Coleman was convicted of disorderly conduct in April 2013 and sentenced to two years’ probation. A public defender filed a notice of appeal on her behalf.
Coleman filed a notice to represent herself nearly two months later but the Court of Appeals denied the motion.
The state Supreme Court says defendants have a constitutional right to self-representation during the appeals process.
However, they must file a request to do so within 30 days after a notice of appeal is filed.