Procedures for Appointment of Regional and Court-Appointed Counsel

Procedures for Appointment of Regional and Court-Appointed Counsel

  1. Public Defender (PD) has a conflict with representation of indigent defendant.
  2. PD provides the Regional Conflict Office (RCC1) with the particulars of the conflict and e-mails paperwork for withdrawal of PD and appointment of RCC1 to the Judge/Judicial Assistant (JA).
  3. If the PD withdraws from more than one conflict, RCC1 keeps one conflict and e-mails the Clerk requesting the next attorney on the limited registry, or if there is no limited registry or there is no limited-registry attorney available, then the next attorney on the general registry.  RCC1 e-mails paperwork for withdrawal from any additional defendant to the Judge/JA.
  4. The RCC1 is appointed for one parent in each dependency case.  The attorney for the second or any additional parent is appointed in court on a rotation basis from the limited registry, or if there is no limited registry or there is no limited-registry attorney available, then from the general registry.
  5. Applications for inclusion on the registry(ies) will be solicited once a year for the upcoming fiscal year and submitted to the Office of the Court Administrator.  The Chief Judge will evaluate the number of applicants, their willingness to serve on a limited registry, and their qualifications.  The Chief Judge will decide whether it is in the best interest of the Circuit to establish any limited registries for the upcoming fiscal year in addition to determining the general registries to be established.  The Chief Judge will select the attorneys for inclusion on all registry(ies).
  6. All registry attorneys working under Justice Administrative Commission (JAC) contracts after July 1, 2007 will be paid by JAC without a court order as provided in the contracts.
  7. All registry attorneys working under JAC contract must submit a Motion and Order to Discharge in all cases that are closed.  This paperwork should be submitted directly to the appropriate Judge.
  8. All cases that are not covered by JAC contract require a court order for payment.  This paperwork should be submitted by the registry attorney directly to the Judge.
  9. All registry attorneys working under JAC contracts prior to the Flat Rate Contract of July 1, 2007, shall submit Motions and Orders for Compensation and Discharge with the required documentation, directly to the Judge.
  10. Court Administration will assist the Chief Judge with solicitation of applications and maintenance and distribution of the registry(ies).

Updated: 05/31/2012