2017 Wyoming Statutes
TITLE 7 - CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
CHAPTER 6 - PUBLIC DEFENDER
SECTION 7-6-103 - Creation of office of state public defender; appointment of state public defender and assistants; duties; removal.

Universal Citation: WY Stat § 7-6-103 (2017)

7-6-103. Creation of office of state public defender; appointment of state public defender and assistants; duties; removal.

(a) There is created the office of the state public defender. The office of the state public defender shall be deemed a state agency for budgeting purposes pursuant to W.S. 9-2-1001 through 9-2-1026.

(b) The state public defender shall be appointed by and shall serve at the pleasure of the governor.

(c) The state public defender shall:

(i) Be a member in good standing of the Wyoming state bar;

(ii) Have had experience in defense or prosecution of persons accused of crime in this state;

(iii) Be compensated as determined by the Wyoming personnel division;

(iv) Devote full time to the performance of his duties;

(v) Administer the public defender program of the state;

(vi) Promulgate rules and regulations establishing a standard fee schedule for services provided by attorneys appointed pursuant to W.S. 7-6-109 and post the schedule on the agency's website;

(vii) Repealed By Laws 2013, Ch. 87, § 2.

(viii) Administer the guardian ad litem program as provided in W.S. 14-12-101 through 14-12-104.

(d) The state public defender shall not engage in private practice except to complete business pending at the time of his appointment.

(e) Any assistant public defender may serve in another judicial district on a case by case basis at the request of the state public defender.

(f) The governor may appoint full or part-time assistant public defenders in each judicial district with the advice of the state public defender, the district judge of the district and the boards of county commissioners in the district. In appointing assistant public defenders the governor shall consider the recommendations submitted to him, the demand for legal services, the criminal case load statistics, the population, the geographical characteristics and any other relevant factors.

(g) Each assistant public defender shall:

(i) Serve at the pleasure of the state public defender;

(ii) Be a member in good standing of the Wyoming state bar. The governor may remove any assistant public defender as provided in W.S. 9-1-202;

(iii) Be compensated as determined by the Wyoming personnel division, or by the state public defender if appointed under a purchase order contract; and

(iv) Devote full time to the performance of his duties when directed by the state public defender.

(h) A full time assistant public defender shall not engage in private practice except to complete business pending at the time of his appointment.

(j) The state public defender may act as his own attorney or may be represented by the attorney general in any actions, suits or claims in which the office of the state public defender or the state public defender himself is a party.

(k) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, any attorney providing services for the office of the state public defender in the defense of a criminal case shall, for matters arising out of such services, be considered a state employee for purposes of coverage and representation under the Wyoming Governmental Claims Act, W.S. 1-39-101 through 1-39-120, and the state self-insurance program, W.S. 1-41-101 through 1-41-111.

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