Strickland Two Part Test

The two-part test announced in Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668 (1984), is the standard of review for resolving whether counsel was effective. The application of the Strickland two-part test, which requires that the movant show: (1) counsel's performance was deficient and that the deficient performance prejudiced the defense, and; (2) there is a reasonable probability that, but for counsel's unprofessional errors, the result of the proceedings would have been different. In other words, the Court must determine whether counsel's performance was both deficient and prejudicial. As a legal construct, it is presumed "that trial counsel's conduct is within the wide range of reasonable conduct and that decisions made by counsel are strategic." The Strickland standard for proving ineffective assistance of counsel makes the charge appropriately difficult to establish.