Many counties in Ohio have not created public defender offices. In these counties the court will appoint counsel, a lawyer who has applied to the court to accept cases where the person who is charged is unable to pay for his or her own lawyer. Appointed counsel are private lawyers designated by the courts to handle particular cases. Each court maintains a list of lawyers it appoints to cases. Lawyers are required to meet certain requirements to accept different types and severity of cases. These requirements include the lawyers time in criminal or juvenile practice, the number and severity of cases taken to trial, and ongoing training in criminal or juvenile law and procedure.