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The County Reimbursement Program processes payments to reimburse counties for operating their indigent defense systems. These systems include county public defender offices, court-appointed counsel systems, and contracts with not-for-profit organizations. Below are links to forms and information regarding this process.


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House Bill 1: Changes involving Court Costs and Bail

Effective October 16, 2009, Court Costs imposed per R.C. 2949.091 are increasing and a new $25.00 surcharge is levied when a person posts bail. The links below contain a summary, the new law, and a FAQ on this issue.

For questions or more information, please contact:

John Alge
Office of the Ohio Public Defender
250 E. Broad St., Suite 1400
Columbus, Ohio 43215
TTY (800) 750-0750

$25.00 Indigent Application Fee Information

Forms and Instructions

Limitations in the Assignment of Counsel in Juvenile Court

House Bill 66 contained language which amended O.R.C. Section 2151.352, limiting the right to counsel, at government expense, under O.R.C. 120 et seq., in certain civil matters that may be heard in Juvenile Court.

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"Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe."

Frederick Douglass

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