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Appointed Counsel Program

 
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The Appointed Counsel Program was implemented to assist the Public Defenders in representing indigent defendants in the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. In 1999 there were 131 criminal practicing attorneys in this program. These attorneys were assigned 1921 cases, for an average of 15 cases each. In the year 2000, there were 125 attorneys "actively" participating in the program. These attorneys have accepted a total of 1558 assignments for an average of 12 cases each. It is through their generosity and commitment that enable this program to continue providing excellent attorney services for the indigent within Montgomery County.

Qualification for Assigned/Appointed Counsel:

  1. When the defendant is charged with aggravated murder with death penalty specifications, or has been convicted and sentenced to death, any attorney appointed for trial or appellate representation must meet the qualifications set forth in Rule 20 of the Ohio Supreme Court "Rules of Superintendence" and appear on the list of attorneys qualified to accept appointments in capital cases promulgated by the Rule 20 Committee or have a waiver issued by the Rule 20 Committee.
  2. When the defendant is charged with murder or aggravated murder without specifications, appointed counsel shall possess:
    a.) Prior experience as trial counsel or co-counsel in one prior murder trial; or
    b.) Prior experience as trial counsel in two first degree felony or aggravated felony trials; or
    c.) Prior experience as trial counsel in ten or more jury trials.
  3. Where the defendant is charged with a felony of the first, second, or third degree appointed counsel shall possess:
    a.) Prior experience as trial counsel in two or more first, second, or third degree felony, at least one of which was a jury trial; or
    b .) Prior experience as trial counsel in any four jury trials at least one of which was a jury trial in a first, second, or third degree felony; or
    c.) Prior experience as trial counsel in any two criminal trials, and
         i.) Co-counsel in at least one criminal jury trial;
         ii) Trial Counsel or co-counsel in two jury trials.
  4. Where the defendant is charged with fourth degree or fifth degree felony, appointed counsel shall possess:
    a.) Prior experience as trial counsel or co-counsel in at least one jury trial; or
    b.) Prior experience of training program or criminal practice (Criminal Law Certification Seminar) or procedure which is certified legal education credit by the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on continuing legal education.

For more information contact:

41 North Perry Street
Dayton, OH 45422
Phone: (937) 496-6690
Fax: (937) 824-7962
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View/Download >> Assigned Counsel Fee Schedule and Requirements

To download the Appointed Counsel Application click here. The Appointed Counsel Application may be completed online and Printed out.

 
     
 
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