House Bill 1454
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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
State plan for representation of indigent children. Establishes a statutory right to counsel for a child who is alleged or adjudicated to be a child in need of services or the subject of a parent- child termination proceeding. Establishes the office of the state juvenile public defender. Provides for representation of indigent children in cases filed in a juvenile court under a plan developed by the office of the state juvenile public defender and approved by the supreme court. Prohibits a child from waiving counsel unless certain criteria are met. Provides that if a child waives counsel, the court shall: (1) appoint standby counsel for the child; and (2) offer the child counsel at each later stage of a court proceeding. Provides for counties to distribute to the state the average net amount (after deducting certain reimbursements) that the counties spent for these services over a five year period. Makes an appropriation.
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