611.23 OFFICE OF STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER; APPOINTMENT; SALARY.
The state public defender is responsible to the State Board of Public Defense. The state
public defender shall supervise the operation, activities, policies, and procedures of the statewide
public defender system. When requested by a district public defender or appointed counsel, the
state public defender may assist the district public defender, appointed counsel, or an organization
designated in section
in the performance of duties, including trial representation in
matters involving legal conflicts of interest or other special circumstances, and assistance with
legal research and brief preparation. The state public defender shall be appointed by the State
Board of Public Defense for a term of four years, except as otherwise provided in this section, and
until a successor is appointed and qualified. The state public defender shall be a full-time qualified
attorney, licensed to practice law in this state, serve in the unclassified service of the state, and
be removed only for cause by the appointing authority. Vacancies in the office shall be filled by
the appointing authority for the unexpired term. The salary of the state public defender shall be
fixed by the State Board of Public Defense but must not exceed the salary of a district court judge.
Terms of the state public defender shall commence on July 1. The state public defender shall
devote full time to the performance of duties and shall not engage in the general practice of law.
History: 1965 c 869 s 10; 1967 c 696 s 2; 1981 c 356 s 361; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 250 s 8;
1991 c 345 art 3 s 9; 1Sp2001 c 9 art 18 s 18; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 113; 2007 c 61 s 8