2020 Code of Alabama
Title 15 - Criminal Procedure.
Chapter 12 - Defense of Indigents.
Article 2 - Appointed Counsel.
Section 15-12-26 - Contract Counsel System - Selection and Appointment of counsel..

Universal Citation: AL Code § 15-12-26 (2020)

Section 15-12-26

Contract counsel system - Selection and appointment of counsel..

(a) The director may recommend that a contract counsel system be used as the method to provide indigent defense services within a circuit or part thereof. The indigent defense advisory board shall be consulted and make a determination on the selection and appointment of contract counsel for the circuit. The director may appeal the determination of the indigent defense advisory board to the Indigent Defense Review Panel. The Indigent Defense Review Panel shall make a decision in a timely manner, which decision shall be deemed final.

(b) If an indigent defense advisory board chooses to explore a contract counsel system within a circuit or part thereof, the indigent defense advisory board shall follow the procedures of the director for requesting and accepting applications or proposals for such contracts and shall make a recommendation for contract counsel to the director. The indigent defense advisory board shall also provide the director with any other information reasonably requested by the director regarding such contract counsel.

(c) After a determination by the indigent defense advisory board, the director shall award the contracts to an attorney, firm, association, corporation, or partnership of lawyers.

(d) Each contract counsel chosen by the director shall be employed pursuant to a contract containing terms and conditions as deemed necessary between the attorney, firm, association, corporation, or partnership, as the case may be, and the office.

(Acts 1995, No. 95-757, p. 1770, §2; Act 2011-678, p. 1862, §6.)

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