The Ohio Public Defender Commission and the Office of the Ohio Public Defender (OPD) are excited to announce that Governor DeWine and the Ohio General Assembly have allocated $59,020,000 additional dollars in the State Budget to reimburse counties for indigent defense costs for Fiscal Year 2020 (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020) and $95,000,000 for Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021) Click here to read the memo from the OPD Commission on this significant increase to indigent defense funding.
The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) recently issued a resolution to support an increase to appointed counsel rates of pay. Click here to download a copy of the resolution. Thank you to the OSBA for their continued support of the indigent defense system!
The Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (OACDL) recently issued a resolution to support an increase to appointed counsel rates of pay. Click here to download a copy of the resolution. Thank you to OACDL for their continued support of the indigent defense system!
The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles implemented a driver’s license reinstatement fee debt reduction and waiver program for offenders whose driver’s licenses have been suspended for specific violations. The program only applies to a driver’s license or permit suspension; it does not apply to a commercial driver’s license or permit suspension.
The initial program ended on July 31, 2019. Effective October 17, 2019, the program will resume and applications will be accepted and processed through December 31, 2019.
The Office of the Ohio Public Defender is seeking an attorney to act as an independent contractor to provide representation to indigent clients in the Chillicothe Municipal Court.
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