(55 ILCS 5/3-4000) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-4000)
    Sec. 3-4000. Legislative declaration. The General Assembly recognizes that quality legal representation in criminal and related proceedings is a fundamental right of the people of the State of Illinois and that there should be no distinction in the availability of quality legal representation based upon a person's inability to pay. Therefore, it is the intent of the General Assembly to provide for effective county public defender systems throughout the State and encourage the active and substantial participation of the private bar in the representation of indigent defendants.
(Source: P.A. 87-111.)