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
by the trial judge , that such time and services are to be reasonable
and necessary for the defense of the defendant. The trial judges 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 counsels 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
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
Randall T. Shepard
Chief Justice of Indiana
All Justices Concur.