"Waiver of Right to Have Appointed Counsel" - Tennessee

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____________ Court
Case Number
WAIVER OF RIGHT TO HAVE
______________County
APPOINTED COUNSEL
________________Tennessee
Page 1 of 1
_____________________________________ Vs. _________________________________
The undersigned represents to the court that he/she has been informed of the charges against him/her, the nature
thereof, the statutory punishment therefore and the right to appointment of counsel upon his representation to
the court that he is unable to employ counsel and the reasons therefore, all of which he/she fully understands.
The undersigned now states to the court that he/she does not desire the appointment of counsel, expressly
waives the same and desires to appear in all respects in his/her own behalf, which he understands he/she has the
right to do.
Date: _________________________
__________________________________________
Defendant Signature
__________________________________________
Judge
T.R.C.P 44 requires defendants to execute a written waiver of the right to counsel. However, the court must also
orally explain many rights, and the effect of a waiver of those rights, prior to accepting the defendant’s waiver.
See Tenn. R. Crim. P. 44(a): Smith v. State, 987 s.w.2d 871 (Tenn. Crim. App. 1998)
____________ Court
Case Number
WAIVER OF RIGHT TO HAVE
______________County
APPOINTED COUNSEL
________________Tennessee
Page 1 of 1
_____________________________________ Vs. _________________________________
The undersigned represents to the court that he/she has been informed of the charges against him/her, the nature
thereof, the statutory punishment therefore and the right to appointment of counsel upon his representation to
the court that he is unable to employ counsel and the reasons therefore, all of which he/she fully understands.
The undersigned now states to the court that he/she does not desire the appointment of counsel, expressly
waives the same and desires to appear in all respects in his/her own behalf, which he understands he/she has the
right to do.
Date: _________________________
__________________________________________
Defendant Signature
__________________________________________
Judge
T.R.C.P 44 requires defendants to execute a written waiver of the right to counsel. However, the court must also
orally explain many rights, and the effect of a waiver of those rights, prior to accepting the defendant’s waiver.
See Tenn. R. Crim. P. 44(a): Smith v. State, 987 s.w.2d 871 (Tenn. Crim. App. 1998)