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OPD Billing

 

The Office of the Public Defender, which now is an "in but not of" agency in the Treasury Department, is obligated to seek reimbursement from clients through a billing and lien system. It also imposes up-front administrative fees of $50 to newly assigned clients who can afford the payment. The legislative measure establishing the office states that whether the indigent defendant is to be served by staff attorneys or trained pool counsel, the same level of service must be rendered as if the attorneys were privately retained.