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Senate Bill 0104

ARCHIVE (2001)

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DIGEST OF SB104 (Updated April 11, 2001 10:37 PM - DI 84)

Right to pauper counsel in civil actions. Creates a civil and indigent counsel fund from the former public defense fund to reimburse counties for the cost of representing indigents in civil and criminal cases. Provides for a $2 civil indigent fee to be added to the cost of a birth certificate; this fee is to be deposited in the civil and criminal indigent counsel fund but may only be used to reimburse counties for expenses related to appointed counsel in civil indigent cases. Eliminates the general duty of a court to provide an attorney for an indigent person in a civil action. Gives a court the discretion to appoint an attorney for an indigent person in a civil action. An attorney appointed to represent an indigent in a civil action may be reimbursed from the civil and criminal indigent counsel fund or from money appropriated to the court. Establishes procedures for the disbursement of money from the civil and criminal indigent counsel fund. Provides that, with the exception of money deposited in the fund from the civil indigent fee, a county may not be reimbursed for the expenses of appointed counsel in civil cases unless all outstanding claims for reimbursement for criminal cases have been paid in full. Makes conforming amendments.
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     In Conference Committee
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