State Public Defender's Office Performance Report, FY 2013

(2013) State Public Defender's Office Performance Report, FY 2013. Management, Department of


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This report pursuant to Department of Management procedures provides an overview of the State Public Defender’s fiscal year 2013 operations related to court-appointed counsel, claims processing, and other indigent defense matters. This information, in accordance with the Accountable Government Act, is meant to help improve decision making and increase accountability to stakeholders and the citizens of Iowa. Iowa’s indigent defense system remains strong. The more than 200 employees of the State Public Defender System have been efficiently providing high quality representation on more cases than ever before. In Fiscal Year 2013, public defender offices closed more than 91,000 cases, at an average cost per case of $282.02, and there was a final finding of ineffective assistance of counsel in less than .002% of these cases. Similarly, more than 1,000 contract attorneys continue to provide high quality representation throughout all 99 of Iowa’s counties. In Fiscal Year 2013, 60,929 claims were submitted to the indigent defense fund, at an average cost per claim of $507.86. This was an decrease of nearly 350 claims from Fiscal Year 2012, and the total amount spent from the indigent defense fund increased slightly.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Agency Performance Plan, Public Defender
Subjects: State government > State agencies
State government > State employees
State government
ID Code: 15811
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 07 Jan 2014 18:06
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2014 18:06