IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIANA
ORDER AMENDING RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

    Pursuant to the authority vested in this Court to provide by rule for the procedure employed in all courts of this state and this Court’s inherent authority to supervise the administrative procedures of all courts within this state, Criminal Rule 24 of the Rules of Criminal Procedure is amended to read as follows (deletions shown by striking and new text shown by underlining):
Rule 24. Capital Cases

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(B)     Appointment of Qualified Trial Counsel.
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(3) Workload of Appointed and Salaried Capital Counsel.
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(d)    The workload of full-time salaried capital public defenders will be limited consistent with subsection (B)(3)(a) of this rule. The head of the local public defender agency or office, or in the event there is no agency or office, the trial judge, shall not make an appointment of a full-time capital public defender in a capital case without assessing the impact of the appointment on the attorney’s workload. In assessing an attorney’s workload, the head of the local public defender agency or office, or in the event there is no agency or office, the trial judge shall be guided by Standard J of the Standards for Indigent Defense Services in Non-Capital cases as adopted by the Indiana Public Defender Commission, effective January 1, 1995, and shall treat each capital case as the equivalent of forty (40) felonies under the Commission’s “all felonies” category. Appointment of counsel shall also be subject to subsections (B)(3)(c)(ii), (iii) and (iv) of this rule.

Compensation of Appointed Trial Counsel. All hourly rate trial defense counsel appointed in a capital case shall be compensated under subsection (1) of this provision upon presentment and approval of a claim for services detailing the date, activity, and time duration for which compensation is sought. Hourly rate counsel shall submit periodic billings not less than once every thirty (30) days after the date of appointment by the trial court. All salaried capital public defenders compensated under subsection (4) of this provision shall present a monthly report detailing the date, activity, and time duration of services rendered after the date of appointment. Periodic billing and payment during the course of counsel’s representation shall be made.

Hours and Hourly Rate. Defense counsel appointed at an hourly rate in capital cases filed or remanded after appeal on or after January 1, 2001, shall be compensated for time and services performed at the hourly rate of seventy ninety dollars ($70.00) ($90.00) upon determination only for that time and those services determined by the trial judge, that such time and services are to be reasonable and necessary for the defense of the defendant. The trial judge’s determination shall be made within thirty (30) days after submission of billings by counsel. Counsel may seek advance authorization from the trial judge, ex parte, for specific activities or expenditures of counsel’s time.

The hourly rate set forth in this rule shall be subject to review and adjustment on a biennial basis by the Executive Director of the Division of State Court Administration. Beginning July 1, 2002, and July 1st of each even year thereafter, the Executive Director shall announce the hourly rate for defense counsel appointed in capital cases filed or remanded after appeal on or after January 1, of the years following the announcement. The hourly rate will be calculated using the Gross Domestic Product Implicit Price Deflator, as announced by the United States Department of Commerce in its May report, for the last two years ending December 31st preceding the announcement. The calculation by the Executive Director shall be rounded to the next closest whole dollar.

In the event the appointing judge determines that the rate of compensation is not representative of practice in the community, the appointing judge may request the Executive Director of the Division of State Court Administration to authorize payment of a different hourly rate of compensation in a specific case.

Support Services and Incidental Expenses. Counsel appointed at an hourly rate in a capital case shall be provided, upon an ex parte showing to the trial court of reasonableness and necessity, with adequate funds for investigative, expert, and other services necessary to prepare and present an adequate defense at every stage of the proceeding, including the sentencing phase. In addition to the hourly rate provided in this rule, all counsel shall be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary incidental expenses as approved by the court of appointment trial judge. Counsel may seek advance authorization from the trial judge, ex parte, for specific incidental expenses.

Full-time salaried capital public defenders shall be provided with adequate funds for investigative, expert, and other services necessary to prepare and present an adequate defense at every stage of the proceeding, including the sentencing phase, as determined by the head of the local public defender agency or office, or in the event there is no agency or office, by the trial judge as set forth above.

Contract Employees. In the event counsel is generally employed by the court of appointment to perform other defense services, the rate of compensation set for such other defense services may be adjusted during the pendency of the death penalty case to reflect the limitations of case assignment established by this rule.

Salaried Capital Public Defenders. In those counties having adopted a Comprehensive Plan as set forth in I.C. 33-9-15 et. seq., which has been approved by the Indiana Public Defender Commission, and who are in compliance with Commission standards authorized by I.C. 33-9-13-3(2), a full-time salaried capital public defender meeting the requirements of this rule may be assigned in a capital case by the head of the local public defender agency or office, or in the event there is no agency or office, by the trial judge. Salaried capital public defenders may be designated as either lead counsel or co-counsel. Salaried capital lead counsel and co-counsel must be paid salary and benefits equivalent to the average of the salary and benefits paid to lead prosecuting attorneys and prosecuting attorneys serving as co-counsel, respectively, assigned to capital cases in the county.

Each year, by July 1, those counties wishing to utilize full-time salaried capital public defenders for capital cases shall submit to the Executive Director of the Division of State Court Administration the salary and benefits proposed to be paid the capital public defenders for the upcoming year along with the salaries and benefits paid to lead prosecutors and prosecutors serving as co-counsel assigned capital cases in the county in the thirty-six (36) months prior to July 1, or a certification that no such prosecutor assignments were made. The Executive Director shall verify and confirm to the Indiana Public Defender Commission and the requesting county that the proposed salary and benefits are in compliance with this rule. In the event a county determines that the rate of compensation set forth herein is not representative of practice in the community, the county may request the Executive Director to authorize a different salary for a specific year.

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These amendments shall take effect on January 1, 2001.
The Clerk of this Court is directed to forward a copy of this Order to the Clerk of each Circuit Court in the State of Indiana; Attorney General of Indiana; Legislative Services Agency; Office of Code Revision, Legislative Services Agency; Administrator, Supreme Court of Indiana; Administrator, Indiana Court of Appeals; Administrator, Indiana Tax Court; Public Defender of Indiana; Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission; Indiana Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education; Indiana Board of Law Examiners; Indiana Judicial Center; Division of State Court Administration; the libraries of all law schools in the state; the Department of Correction for posting at all prison libraries; The Michie Company; and West Publishing Company.
West Publishing Company is directed to publish this Order in the advance sheets of this Court.
The Clerks of the Circuit Courts are directed to bring this Order to the attention of all judges within their respective counties and to post this Order for examination by theBar and general public.
DONE at Indianapolis, Indiana, this ______ day of December, 2000.

                        FOR THE COURT

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                        Randall T. Shepard
                        Chief Justice of Indiana

All Justices Concur.