2014 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 22. Criminal Procedure
§22-1355A. Application for representation by the System.
A. When an indigent requests representation by the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System, such person shall submit an appropriate application to the court clerk, which shall state that the application is signed under oath and under the penalty of perjury and that a false statement may be prosecuted as such. The application shall state whether or not the indigent has been released on bond. In addition, if the indigent has been released on bond, the application shall include a written statement from the applicant that the applicant has contacted three named attorneys, licensed to practice law in this state, and the applicant has been unable to obtain legal counsel. A nonrefundable application fee of Forty Dollars ($40.00) shall be paid to the court clerk at the time the application is submitted, and no application shall be accepted without payment of the fee; except that the court may, based upon the financial information submitted, defer all or part of the fee if the court determines that the person does not have the financial resources to pay the fee at time of application, to attach as a court fee upon conviction. Any fees collected pursuant to this subsection shall be retained by the court clerk, deposited in the Court Clerk's Revolving Fund, and reported quarterly to the Administrative Office of the Courts.
B. 1. The Court of Criminal Appeals shall promulgate rules governing the determination of indigency pursuant to the provisions of Section 55 of Title 20 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The initial determination of indigency shall be made by the Chief Judge of the Judicial District or a designee thereof, based on the defendant's application and the rules provided herein.
2. Upon promulgation of the rules required by law, the determination of indigency shall be subject to review by the Presiding Judge of the Judicial Administrative District. Until such rules become effective, the determination of indigency shall be subject to review by the Court of Criminal Appeals.
C. Before the court appoints the System based on the application, the court shall advise the indigent or, if applicable, a parent or legal guardian, that the application is signed under oath and under the penalty of perjury and that a false statement may be prosecuted as such. A copy of the application shall be sent to the prosecuting attorney or the Office of the Attorney General, whichever is appropriate, for review. Upon request by any party including, but not limited to, the attorney appointed to represent the indigent, the court shall hold a hearing on the issue of eligibility for appointment of the System.
D. If the defendant is admitted to bail and the defendant or another person on behalf of the defendant posts a bond, other than by personal recognizance, this fact shall constitute a rebuttable presumption that the defendant is not indigent.
E. The System shall be prohibited from accepting an appointment unless a completed application for court-appointed counsel as provided by Form 13.3 of Section XIII of the Rules of the Court of Criminal Appeals, 22 O.S. 2001, Ch. 18, App., has been filed of record in the case.
Added by Laws 2001, c. 210, § 6, eff. July 1, 2001. Amended by Laws 2002, c. 193, § 1, emerg. eff. May 6, 2002.
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