Administrative Order 97-3: Compensation Rate for Court-Appointed Counsel

Whereas the rate of compensation for court-appointed counsel was established in the late 1970's at $40 per hour and

Whereas the increase of the cost of living since that amount was established renders the amount of $40 per hour an inadequate sum for compensation and could raise concerns about the adequacy of counsel being furnished to indigent defendants,

Now, therefore, it is hereby ordered, effective immediately, that in the absence of a specific order of the court fixing a different rate of compensation, the rate of compensation for court-appointed attorneys for indigent defendants shall be the sum of $50 per hour.

It is further ordered that any restitution ordered to be repaid by the defendant for court-appointed counsel will be based on a rate of $50 per hour absent a specific order of court to the contrary.

Dated this 1st day of April, 1997.

Signed by Gerald L. Weston, Administrative District Judge

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