Ohio Public Defender Commission - General Provisions - Contracts with municipal corporations or villages.

Published: 2020-09-21

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County commissioners, public defenders, county public defender commissions, and joint county public defender commissions may contract with a municipal corporation or villages for the legal representation of indigent persons charged with violations of the ordinances of the municipal corporations or villages.

In order to qualify for reimbursement, such contracts must meet all of the following requirements and a copy of an executed contract shall be sent to the state public defender within sixty days of execution:

(A) Contracts should be for a term of one calendar year, unless a different term is approved by the state public defender. Automatically renewing contracts will not be approved. Proof of a renewed contract must be sent to the state public defender within sixty days of execution.

(B) Reimbursement by the municipal corporation or village may be determined by a contractual amount or a fee schedule, but shall not exceed the fee schedule in effect and adopted by the county commissioners of the county wherein the municipal corporation or village is located.

(C) All contracts shall provide for conformity with all rules, standards, and guidelines issued by the office of the Ohio public defender and the Ohio public defender commission.