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File #: 0138-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 1/8/2020 In control: Criminal Justice & Judiciary Committee
On agenda: 2/3/2020 Final action: 2/5/2020
Title: To authorize the Franklin County Municipal Court Judges, through the Administrative and Presiding Judge, to contract with the Franklin County Commissioners to provide legal counsel to indigent defendants in the Franklin County Municipal Court when the public defender has a conflict of interest; to authorize the expenditure of up to an amount not to exceed $50,000.00 from the Court's general fund. ($50,000.00)
Attachments: 1. Appointed Counsel
Explanation

BACKGROUND:
The Municipal Court Judges have been provided funding since 1985 to pay court-appointed counsel when the public defender has a conflict of interest.

This legislation authorizes the Franklin County Municipal Court Judges to enter into contract with the Franklin County Commissioners and authorizes the expenditure for the purpose of providing court-appointed counsel. This legislation is necessary since it is the Court's responsibility under the laws of the State of Ohio and of The United States of America to provide legal counsel to indigent persons charged with serious offenses and loss of liberty offenses, when the public defender has a conflict of interest.

FISCAL IMPACT: The amount for the expenditure is budgeted and available within the Court's 2020 general fund budget. This ordinance is contingent on the passage of the 2020 operating budget,
Ordinance 2925-2019.

$50,000.00 was spent in 2019.
$50,000.00 was spent in 2018.


Title

To authorize the Franklin County Municipal Court Judges, through the Administrative and Presiding Judge, to contract with the Franklin County Commissioners to provide legal counsel to indigent defendants in the Franklin County Municipal Court when the public defender has a conflict of interest; to authorize the expenditure of up to an amount not to exceed $50,000.00 from the Court's general fund. ($50,000.00)

Body

WHEREAS, the Court has a responsibility to provide legal representation to indigent persons through an appointed counsel system when the public defender has a conflict of interest; and

WHEREAS, funds in an amount not to exceed $50,000 is budgeted for the Franklin County Municipal Court Judges for this contractual agreement; and

WHEREAS, it has become necessary in the usual daily operation of the Franklin County Municipal Court Judges to authorize a contract and associated expenditures with the Franklin County Commissioners in order to assure the continuity of legal services to in...

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