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Public Defender Services


Location
Alaska
Publication Date
11/14/2019 09:57 AM EST
Closing Date
12/09/2019 06:00 PM EST
Issuing Organization
City of Ketchikan
Solicitation Number
Description

Specifications include, but are not limited to: (a) The Contractor shall provide on behalf of the City all public defender services required of the City under Alaska Statutes 18.85.155 or other law requiring the City to provide court-appointed attorneys for indigent criminal defendants. The Contractor is not obligated to accept appointment in a criminal case where the defendant is not an indigent person as defined in AS 18.85.710(4) or where the defendant is otherwise ineligible for court-appointed counsel in a City criminal case. When a defendant who is represented by the Contractor is determined by the appropriate court to be no longer qualified for a court-appointed attorney at public expense, Contractor shall have no obligation to continue representation of that defendant after receiving a court order terminating representation. (b) The Contractor shall provide all district court work, all federal court work, and all appellate work including appeals to the superior court, the court of appeals, and the supreme court as may be necessary in conducting the defense under its court appointment. In the event the City adopts ordinances creating new misdemeanors, the Contractor's work shall include, at no additional charge, the defense of indigents charged with the new misdemeanors. The work includes, but is not limited to, representing the indigent defendant in all pre-trial matters, including, but not limited to, investigations, motions, trial preparation, bail setting, and bail modification or revocation. The work also includes trial, sentencing, and probation violation proceedings. The work does not include representation of the defendant in administrative driver's license revocation proceedings under Alaska Statutes 28.15.165 - .166 unless the Contractor determines that such representation is necessary for the defense of the criminal case. The work does not include representation of vehicle owners or other interested parties in vehicle forfeiture actions under KMC 10.40.045. The work includes assisting some defendants in scheduling alcohol or mental health treatment when such treatment is a condition of their bail, sentence, or proposed sentence. (c) The Contractor will provide legal services in a fair, diligent and competent manner to all defendants. The Contractor shall meet or exceed the standards of practice established by the Alaska Rules of Professional Conduct. The City may perform an audit of selected files on a quarterly basis to insure compliance with these standards. Contractor will provide relevant information in response to requests from the City, to the extent permitted by the Alaska Rules of Professional Conduct. For purposes of the Attorney-Client relationship, the Contractor is the attorney and the client is the person for whom a court-appointed attorney is ordered. There is no Attorney-Client relationship between the City and defendants or between the City and the Contractor.

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