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Senate Bill (H)

DIGEST

Public defenders. Authorizes the Indiana public defender commission to create guidelines and requirements pertaining to a multicounty public defender's office. Authorizes a county executive to adopt an ordinance that allows the county to enter into an interlocal agreement with one or more counties for the purpose of: (1) creating a multicounty public defender's office; and (2) providing legal services to indigent persons located in the areas subject to the interlocal agreement. Requires interlocal agreements concerning indigent criminal defense to be administered by a joint board. Prohibits certain persons from acting as a member of a joint board. Specifies: (1) term Public defenders. Authorizes the Indiana public defender commission to create guidelines and requirements pertaining to a multicounty public defender's office. Authorizes a county executive to adopt an ordinance that allows the county to enter into an interlocal agreement with one or more counties for the purpose of: (1) creating a multicounty public defender's office; and (2) providing legal services to indigent persons located in the areas subject to the interlocal agreement. Requires interlocal agreements concerning indigent criminal defense to be administered by a joint board. Prohibits certain persons from acting as a member of a joint board. Specifies: (1) term limits; and (2) meeting requirements; for joint boards. Requires the auditor of one county belonging to an interlocal agreement to: (1) receive; (2) disburse; and (3) account for; all monies distributed to a multicounty public defender's office. Amends certain definitions. Makes conforming amendments. ... View more