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2nd Engrossment - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 04/26/2012 09:53am

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A bill for an act
relating to public defenders; amending provisions related to public defender
representation, appointment, and reimbursement obligations; outlining financial
responsibility for public defender costs, cost for counsel in CHIPS cases, pretrial
appeals costs, and standby counsel costs; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010,
sections 244.052, subdivision 6; 257.69, subdivision 1; 260B.163, subdivision
4; 260B.331, subdivision 5; 260C.163, subdivision 3; 260C.331, subdivision 5;
609.115, subdivision 4; 609.131, subdivision 1; 611.14; 611.16; 611.17; 611.18;
611.20, subdivision 4; 611.25, subdivision 1; 611.26, subdivision 6; 611.27,
subdivision 5, by adding a subdivision; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2010,
section 611.20, subdivision 6.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 244.052, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Administrative review.

(a) An offender assigned or reassigned to
risk level II or III under subdivision 3, paragraph (e) or (h), has the right to seek
administrative review of an end-of-confinement review committee's risk assessment
determination. The offender must exercise this right within 14 days of receiving notice
of the committee's decision by notifying the chair of the committee. Upon receiving the
request for administrative review, the chair shall notify: (1) the offender; (2) the victim
or victims of the offender's offense who have requested disclosure or their designee; (3)
the law enforcement agency that investigated the offender's crime of conviction or, where
relevant, the law enforcement agency having primary jurisdiction where the offender was
committed; (4) the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction where the offender expects
to reside, providing that the release plan has been approved by the hearings and release
unit of the department of corrections; and (5) any other individuals the chair may select.
The notice shall state the time and place of the hearing. A request for a review hearing
shall not interfere with or delay the notification process under subdivision 4 or 5, unless
the administrative law judge orders otherwise for good cause shown.

(b) An offender who requests a review hearing must be given a reasonable
opportunity to prepare for the hearing. The review hearing shall be conducted on the
record before an administrative law judge. The review hearing shall be conducted at
the correctional facility in which the offender is currently confined. If the offender no
longer is incarcerated, the administrative law judge shall determine the place where the
review hearing will be conducted. The offender has the burden of proof to show, by a
preponderance of the evidence, that the end-of-confinement review committee's risk
assessment determination was erroneous. The attorney general or a designee shall defend
the end-of-confinement review committee's determination. The offender has the right to
be present deleted text beginand be represented by counsel at the hearingdeleted text end, to present evidence in support
of the offender's position, to call supporting witnesses and to cross-examine witnesses
testifying in support of the committee's determination. deleted text beginCounsel for indigent offenders
shall be provided by the Legal Advocacy Project of the state public defender's office.
deleted text end

(c) After the hearing is concluded, the administrative law judge shall decide
whether the end-of-confinement review committee's risk assessment determination
was erroneous and, based on this decision, shall either uphold or modify the review
committee's determination. The judge's decision shall be in writing and shall include
the judge's reasons for the decision. The judge's decision shall be final and a copy of it
shall be given to the offender, the victim, the law enforcement agency, and the chair of
the end-of-confinement review committee.

(d) The review hearing is subject to the contested case provisions of chapter 14.

(e) The administrative law judge may seal any portion of the record of the
administrative review hearing to the extent necessary to protect the identity of a victim of
or witness to the offender's offense.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2012, and applies to review
hearings requested on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 257.69, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Representation by counsel.

In all proceedings under sections
257.51 to 257.74, any party may be represented by counsel. The county attorney shall
represent the public authority. deleted text beginThe court shall appoint counsel for a party who is unable to
pay timely for counsel
deleted text end In proceedings under sections 257.51 to 257.74new text begin, the court shall
appoint counsel for a party who would be financially unable to obtain counsel under the
guidelines set forth in section 611.17. The representation of appointed counsel is limited
in scope to the issue of establishment of parentage
new text end.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260B.163, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Appointment of counsel.

(a) The child, parent, guardian or custodian has
the right to effective assistance of counsel in connection with a proceeding in juvenile
court. This right does not apply to a child who is charged with a juvenile petty offense
as defined in section 260B.007, subdivision 16, unless the child is charged with a third
or subsequent juvenile alcohol or controlled substance offense and may be subject to the
alternative disposition described in section 260B.235, subdivision 6.

(b) The court shall appoint counsel, or standby counsel if the child waives the right
to counsel, for a child who is:

(1) charged by delinquency petition with a gross misdemeanor or felony offense; or

(2) the subject of a delinquency proceeding in which out-of-home placement has
been proposed.

(c) deleted text beginIf they desire counsel but are unable to employ it,deleted text end The court shall appoint counsel
to represent the childnew text begin under section 611.14, clause (4),new text end or the parents or guardian in any
case in which it feels that such an appointment is appropriatenew text begin if the person would be
financially unable to obtain counsel under the guidelines set forth in section 611.17
new text end, except
a juvenile petty offender who does not have the right to counsel under paragraph (a).new text begin If the
court appoints standby or advisory counsel, the cost of counsel shall be paid for by the
Office of the State Court Administrator with state funds or, if the prosecutor requests the
appointment, by the governmental unit conducting the prosecution. In no event may the
court order the Board of Public Defense to pay the cost of standby or advisory counsel.
new text end

(d) Counsel for the child shall not also act as the child's guardian ad litem.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260B.331, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Attorneys fees.

new text begin(a)new text end In proceedings in which the court has appointed
counsel pursuant to section 260B.163, subdivision 4, for a minor unable to employ
counsel, the court deleted text beginmaydeleted text endnew text begin shallnew text end inquire into the ability of the parents to pay for such counsel's
services and, after giving the parents a reasonable opportunity to be heard, may order
the parents to pay attorneys fees.

new text begin (b) The court may order a parent under paragraph (a) to reimburse the state for the
cost of the child's appointed counsel. In determining the amount of reimbursement, the
court shall consider the parent's income, assets, and employment. If reimbursement is
required under this subdivision, the court shall order the reimbursement when counsel
is first appointed or as soon as possible after the court determines that reimbursement
is required. The court may accept partial reimbursement from a parent if the parent's
financial circumstances warrant establishing a reduced reimbursement schedule. If the
parent does not agree to make payments, the court may order the parent's employer to
withhold a percentage of the parent's income to be turned over to the court.
new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.163, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Appointment of counsel.

(a) The child, parent, guardian or custodian has
the right to effective assistance of counsel in connection with a proceeding in juvenile
courtnew text begin as provided in this subdivisionnew text end.

(b) Except in proceedings where the sole basis for the petition is habitual truancy, if
the child, parent, guardian, or custodian desires counsel but is unable to employ it, the
court shall appoint counsel to represent the child who is ten years of age or oldernew text begin under
section 611.14, clause (4),
new text end or the deleted text beginparents or guardiandeleted text endnew text begin parent, guardian, or custodiannew text end in any
case in which it feels that such an appointment is appropriatenew text begin if the person would be
financially unable to obtain counsel under the guidelines set forth in section 611.17
new text end.

(c) In any proceeding where the sole basis for the petition is habitual truancy, the
child, parent, guardian, and custodian do not have the right to appointment of a public
defender or other counsel at public expense. However, before any out-of-home placement,
including foster care or inpatient treatment, can be ordered, the court must appoint a
public defender or other counsel at public expense in accordance with deleted text beginparagraph (b)deleted text endnew text begin
this subdivision
new text end.

(d) Counsel for the child shall not also act as the child's guardian ad litem.

(e) In any proceeding where the subject of a petition for a child in need of
protection or services is not represented by an attorney, the court shall determine the
child's preferences regarding the proceedings, if the child is of suitable age to express
a preference.

new text begin (f) Court-appointed counsel for the parent, guardian, or custodian under this
subdivision is at county expense. If the county has contracted with counsel meeting
qualifications under paragraph (g), the court shall appoint the counsel retained by the
county, unless a conflict of interest exists. If a conflict exists, after consulting with the
chief judge of the judicial district or the judge's designee, the county shall contract with
competent counsel to provide the necessary representation. The court may appoint only
one counsel at public expense for the first court hearing to represent the interests of the
parents, guardians, and custodians, unless, at anytime during the proceedings upon petition
of a party, the court determines and makes written findings on the record that extraordinary
circumstances exist that require counsel to be appointed to represent a separate interest of
other parents, guardians, or custodians subject to the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.
new text end

new text begin (g) Counsel retained by the county under paragraph (f) must meet the qualifications
established by the Judicial Council in at least one of the following: (1) has a minimum of
two years' experience handling child protection cases; (2) has training in handling child
protection cases from a course or courses approved by the Judicial Council; or (3) is
supervised by an attorney who meets the minimum qualifications under clause (1) or (2).
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.331, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Attorneys fees.

new text begin(a)new text end In proceedings in which the court has appointed
counsel pursuant to deleted text beginsectiondeleted text endnew text begin sectionsnew text end 260C.163, subdivision 3,new text begin and 611.14, clause (4),new text end for a
minor unable to employ counsel, the court deleted text beginmaydeleted text endnew text begin shallnew text end inquire into the ability of the parents
to pay for such counsel's services and, after giving the parents a reasonable opportunity
to be heard, may order the parents to pay attorneys fees.

new text begin (b) In proceedings in which the court has appointed counsel pursuant to section
260C.163, subdivision 3, for a parent, guardian, or custodian, the court shall inquire into
the ability of the parents, guardians, or custodians to pay for such counsel's services and,
after giving these persons a reasonable opportunity to be heard, may order the appropriate
person to pay attorneys fees.
new text end

new text begin (c) The court may order the appropriate person or persons under paragraph (a) or (b),
or both, to reimburse the governmental unit providing counsel for the cost of appointed
counsel. In determining the amount of reimbursement, the court shall consider the
appropriate person's income, assets, and employment. If reimbursement is required under
this subdivision, the court shall order the reimbursement when counsel is first appointed or
as soon as possible after the court determines that reimbursement is required. The court
may accept partial reimbursement from a person if the person's financial circumstances
warrant establishing a reduced reimbursement schedule. If the person does not agree to
make payments, the court may order the person's employer to withhold a percentage of the
person's income to be turned over to the court.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 609.115, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Confidential sources of information.

new text begin(a) new text endAny report made pursuant to
subdivision 1 shall be, if written, provided to counsel for all parties before sentence.
The written report shall not disclose confidential sources of information unless the
court otherwise directs. On the request of the prosecuting attorney or the defendant's
attorney a summary hearing in chambers shall be held on any matter brought in issue,
but confidential sources of information shall not be disclosed unless the court otherwise
directs. If the presentence report is given orally the defendant or the defendant's attorney
shall be permitted to hear the report.

new text begin (b) Any report made under subdivision 1 or 2 shall be provided to counsel for
the defendant for purposes of representing the defendant on any appeal or petition for
postconviction relief. The reports shall be provided by the court and the commissioner of
corrections at no cost to the defendant or the defendant's attorney.
new text end

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 609.131, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

General rule.

Except as provided in subdivision 2, an alleged
misdemeanor violation must be treated as a petty misdemeanor if the prosecuting attorney
believes that it is in the interest of justice that the defendant not be imprisoned if convicted
and certifies that belief to the court at or before the time of arraignment or pretrial hearing,
and the court approves of the certification motion.new text begin Prior to the appointment of a public
defender to represent a defendant charged with a misdemeanor, the court shall inquire of
the prosecutor whether the prosecutor intends to certify the case as a petty misdemeanor.
new text end
The defendant's consent to the certification is not required. When an offense is certified
as a petty misdemeanor under this section, the deleted text begindefendant's eligibility for court-appointed
counsel must be evaluated as though the offense were a misdemeanor
deleted text endnew text begin defendant is not
eligible for the appointment of a public defender
new text end.

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 611.14, is amended to read:


611.14 RIGHT TO REPRESENTATION BY PUBLIC DEFENDER.

The following persons who are financially unable to obtain counsel are entitled to be
represented by a public defender:

(1) a person charged with a felony, gross misdemeanor, or misdemeanor including a
person charged under sections 629.01 to 629.29;

(2) a person appealing from a conviction of a felony deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end gross misdemeanor,new text begin or
misdemeanor,
new text end or a person convicted of a felony deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end gross misdemeanor,new text begin or misdemeanor,new text end
who is pursuing a postconviction proceeding and who has not already had a direct appeal
of the conviction;

(3) a person who is entitled to be represented by counsel under section 609.14,
subdivision 2
; or

(4) a minor ten years of age or older who is entitled to be represented by counsel
under section 260B.163, subdivision 4, or 260C.163, subdivision 3.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2012, and applies to
requests for appointment of a public defender made on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 611.16, is amended to read:


611.16 REQUEST FOR APPOINTMENT OF PUBLIC DEFENDER.

Any person described in section 611.14 deleted text beginor any other person entitled by law to
representation by counsel,
deleted text end may at any time request the court in which the matter is pending,
or the court in which the conviction occurred, to appoint a public defender to represent
the person. deleted text beginIn a proceeding defined by clause (2) of section 611.14, application for the
appointment of a public defender may also be made to a judge of the Supreme Court.
deleted text end

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 611.17, is amended to read:


611.17 FINANCIAL INQUIRY; STATEMENTS; CO-PAYMENT;
STANDARDS FOR DISTRICT PUBLIC DEFENSE ELIGIBILITY.

(a) Each judicial district must screen requests for representation by the district public
defender. A defendant is financially unable to obtain counsel if:

(1) the defendant, or any dependent of the defendant who resides in the same
household as the defendant, receives means-tested governmental benefits; or

(2)new text begin the court determines thatnew text end the defendant, through any combination of liquid assets
and current income, would be unable to pay the reasonable costs charged by private
counsel in that judicial district for a defense of the same matter.

(b) Upon a request for the appointment of counsel, the court shall makenew text begin annew text end
appropriate deleted text begininquiry into thedeleted text endnew text begin determination ofnew text end financial deleted text begincircumstancesdeleted text endnew text begin eligibility under
paragraph (a)
new text end of the applicant, who shall submit a financial statement under oath or
affirmation setting forth the applicant's assets and liabilities, including the value of any
real property owned by the applicant, whether homestead or otherwise, less the amount of
any encumbrances on the real property, the source or sources of income, and any other
information required by the court. The applicant shall be under a continuing duty while
represented by a public defender to disclose any changes in the applicant's financial
circumstances deleted text beginthat might be relevant to the applicant's eligibility for a public defenderdeleted text end.
The state public defender shall furnish appropriate forms for the financial statementsnew text begin,
which must be used by the district courts throughout the state
new text end. The forms must contain
conspicuous notice of the applicant's continuing duty to disclose to the court changes in the
applicant's financial circumstances. The forms must also contain conspicuous notice of the
applicant's obligation to make a co-payment for the services of the district public defender,
as specified under paragraph (c). The information contained in the statement shall be
confidential and for the exclusive use of the court and the public defender deleted text beginappointed by
the court to represent the applicant
deleted text end except for any prosecution under section 609.48. A
refusal to execute the financial statement or produce financial records constitutes a waiver
of the right to the appointment of a public defender. The court shall not appoint a deleted text begindistrictdeleted text end
public defender to a defendant who is financially able to retain private counsel but refuses
to do sonew text begin, refuses to execute the financial statement or refuses to provide information
necessary to determine financial eligibility under this section, or waives the appointment
of a public defender under section 611.19
new text end.

An inquiry to determine financial eligibility of a defendant for the appointment of
the district public defender shall be made whenever possible prior to the court appearance
and by such persons as the court may direct. This inquiry may be combined with the
prerelease investigation provided for in Minnesota Rule of Criminal Procedure 6.02,
subdivision 3. In no case shall the district public defender be required to perform this
inquiry or investigate the defendant's assets or eligibility. The court has the sole duty to
conduct a financial inquiry. The inquiry must include the following:

(1) the liquidity of real estate assets, including the defendant's homestead;

(2) any assets that can be readily converted to cash or used to secure a debt;

(3) the determination of whether the transfer of an asset is voidable as a fraudulent
conveyance; and

(4) the value of all property transfers occurring on or after the date of the alleged
offensenew text begin or notice of the actionnew text end. The burden is on the accused to show that the accused is
financially unable to afford counsel. Defendants who fail to provide information necessary
to determine eligibility shall be deemed ineligible. The court must not appoint the district
public defender as advisory counselnew text begin or standby counsel. If the court appoints advisory
or standby counsel, the cost of counsel shall be paid for by the Office of the State Court
Administrator or, if the prosecutor requests the appointment, by the governmental unit
conducting the prosecution. In no event may the court order the Board of Public Defense
to pay the cost of advisory or standby counsel
new text end.

(c) Upon disposition of the case, an individual who has received public defender
services shall pay to the court a $75 co-payment for representation provided by a public
defender, unless the co-payment is, or has been,new text begin reduced in part ornew text end waived by the court.

The co-payment must be credited to the general fund. If a term of probation is
imposed as a part of an offender's sentence, the co-payment required by this section must
not be made a condition of probation. The co-payment required by this section is a civil
obligation and must not be made a condition of a criminal sentence.

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 611.18, is amended to read:


611.18 APPOINTMENT OF PUBLIC DEFENDER.

If it appears to a court that a person requesting the appointment of counsel satisfies
the requirements of this chapter, the court shall order the deleted text beginappropriatedeleted text end public defender to
represent the person deleted text beginat all further stages of the proceeding through appeal, if anydeleted text end. For a
person appealing from a conviction, or a person pursuing a postconviction proceeding
and who has not already had a direct appeal of the conviction, according to the standards
of sections 611.14new text begin, clause (2),new text end and 611.25, subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clause (2), the
deleted text begin statedeleted text endnew text begin chief appellatenew text end public defender shall be appointed. For a person covered by section
611.14, clause (1)new text begin, (3), or (4)new text end, deleted text beginadeleted text endnew text begin the chiefnew text end district public defender shall be appointed to
represent that person. deleted text beginIf (a) conflicting interests exist, (b) the district public defender for
any other reason is unable to act, or (c) the interests of justice require, the state public
defender may be ordered to represent a person. When the state public defender is directed
by a court to represent a defendant or other person, the state public defender may assign
the representation to any district public defender.
deleted text end If at any stage of the proceedingsdeleted text begin,
including an appeal,
deleted text end the court finds that the defendant is financially unable to pay counsel
whom the defendant had retained, the court may appoint the deleted text beginappropriatedeleted text end public defender
to represent the defendant, as provided in this section. Prior to any court appearance, a
public defender may represent a person accused of violating the law, who appears to be
financially unable to obtain counsel, and shall continue to represent the person unless it
is subsequently determined that the person is financially able to obtain counsel. The
representation may be made available at the discretion of the public defender, upon the
request of the person or someone on the person's behalf. Any law enforcement officer may
notify the public defender of the arrest of any such person.

Sec. 13.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 611.20, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Employed defendantsnew text begin; ability to paynew text end.

new text begin(a) new text endA court deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin maynew text end order
a defendant deleted text beginwho is employed when a public defender is appointed, or who becomes
employed while represented by a public defender,
deleted text end to reimburse the state for the cost of the
public defender. new text beginIn determining the amount of reimbursement, the court shall consider
the defendant's income, assets, and employment.
new text endIf reimbursement is required under
this subdivision, the court shall order the reimbursement when a public defender is first
appointed or as soon as possible after the court determines that reimbursement is required.
The court may accept partial reimbursement from the defendant if the defendant's financial
circumstances warrant new text beginestablishing new text enda reduced reimbursement schedule. deleted text beginThe court may
consider the guidelines in subdivision 6 in determining a defendant's reimbursement
schedule.
deleted text end If a defendant does not agree to make payments, the court may order the
defendant's employer to withhold a percentage of the defendant's income to be turned over
to the court. deleted text beginThe percentage to be withheld may be determined under subdivision 6.
deleted text end

new text begin (b) If a court determines under section 611.17 that a defendant is financially unable to
pay the reasonable costs charged by private counsel due to the cost of a private retainer fee,
the court shall evaluate the defendant's ability to make partial payments or reimbursement.
new text end

Sec. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 611.25, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Representation.

(a) The chief appellate public defender shall
represent, without charge:

(1) a defendant or other person appealing from a conviction of a felonynew text begin,new text end deleted text beginordeleted text end gross
misdemeanornew text begin, or misdemeanornew text end;

(2) a person convicted of a felonynew text begin,new text end deleted text beginordeleted text end gross misdemeanornew text begin, or misdemeanornew text end who is
pursuing a postconviction proceeding and who has not already had a direct appeal of
the conviction; and

(3) a child who is appealing from a delinquency adjudication or from an extended
jurisdiction juvenile conviction.

(b) The chief appellate public defender may represent, without charge, all other
persons pursuing a postconviction remedy under section 590.01, who are financially
unable to obtain counsel.

(c) The chief appellate public defender shall not represent a person in any action or
proceeding in which a party is seeking a monetary judgment, recovery or award.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2012, and applies to
requests for appointment of a public defender made on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 15.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 611.26, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Persons defended.

The district public defender shall represent, without
charge, a defendant charged with a felony, a gross misdemeanor, or misdemeanor when
so directed by the district court. The district public defender shall also represent a minor
ten years of age or older in the juvenile court when so directed by the juvenile court.
The district public defender must not serve as advisory counselnew text begin or standby counselnew text end. The
juvenile court may not order the district public defender to represent a minor who is under
the age of ten years, to serve as a guardian ad litem, or to represent a guardian ad litem.

Sec. 16.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 611.27, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

District public defender budgetsnew text begin and county payment responsibilitynew text end.

The Board of Public Defense deleted text beginmay only fund those items and services in district
public defender budgets which were included in the original budgets of district public
defender offices as of January 1, 1990. All other public defense related costs remain the
responsibility of the counties unless the state specifically appropriates for these. The
cost of additional state funding of these items and services must be offset by reductions
in local aids in the same manner as the original state takeover
deleted text endnew text begin is solely responsible to
provide counsel in adult criminal and juvenile cases, as specified under section 611.14.
The court shall not appoint counsel at county expense for representation under section
611.14, except as provided in section 611.26, subdivision 3a, paragraph (c)
new text end.

Sec. 17.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 611.27, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 16. new text end

new text begin Appeal by prosecuting attorney; attorney fees. new text end

new text begin (a) When a prosecuting
attorney appeals to the Court of Appeals, in any criminal case, from any pretrial order
of the district court, reasonable attorney fees and costs incurred shall be allowed to the
defendant on the appeal which shall be paid by the governmental unit responsible for the
prosecution involved in accordance with paragraph (b).
new text end

new text begin (b) By January 15, 2013, and every year thereafter, the chief judge of the judicial
district, after consultation with city and county attorneys, the chief public defender, and
members of the private bar in the district, shall establish a reimbursement rate for attorneys
fees and costs associated with representation under paragraph (a). The compensation to be
paid to an attorney for such service rendered to a defendant under this subdivision may
not exceed $5,000, exclusive of reimbursement for expenses reasonably incurred, unless
payment in excess of that limit is certified by the chief judge of the district as necessary to
provide fair compensation for services of an unusual character or duration.
new text end

Sec. 18. new text begin REPEALER.
new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 611.20, subdivision 6, new text end new text begin is repealed.
new text end