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TITLE 1ADMINISTRATION
PART 8TEXAS JUDICIAL COUNCIL
CHAPTER 174INDIGENT DEFENSE POLICIES AND STANDARDS
SUBCHAPTER BCONTRACT DEFENDER PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
DIVISION 1DEFINITIONS
RULE §174.10Subchapter Definitions

The following words and terms when used in this subchapter shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

  (1) Appointing Authority. The appointing authority is the:

    (A) Judge or judges who have authority to establish an indigent defense plan and approve attorneys to represent indigent defendants in criminal cases under Article 26.04, Code of Criminal Procedure; and/or

    (B) Juvenile board that has authority to establish an indigent defense plan and approve attorneys to represent indigent respondents in juvenile cases under §51.102, Family Code.

  (2) Contract Defender Program. Contract defender program means a system under which private attorneys, acting as independent contractors and compensated with public funds, are engaged to provide legal representation and services to a group of unspecified indigent defendants who appear before a particular court or group of courts.

  (3) Contracting Authority. The contracting authority is the county or counties that have the authority to conclude a contract and to obligate funds for the provision of indigent defense services.

  (4) Contractor. The contractor is an attorney, law firm, professional association, lawyer's association, law school, bar association, non-profit organization or other entity that can be bound by contract.

  (5) Itemized Fee Voucher. An itemized fee voucher is any instrument, such as an invoice, that details services provided by a contractor providing indigent defense services. The itemized fee voucher may be in paper or electronic form. It shall include at a minimum all the information necessary for the county auditor or other designated official to complete the expenditure report required to be submitted to the Office of Court Administration by §71.0351, Government Code.


Source Note: The provisions of this §174.10 adopted to be effective January 1, 2007, 31 TexReg 10094

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