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Budget Category : PUBLIC SAFETY AND JUSTICE
Budget Department : PUBLIC DEFENDER
2019-20 Recommended Expenditures
* Other includes all segments less than 1% of the total. Negative segments are not shown.
By Fund Type 2019-20 Recommended 2018-19 Adopted Variance from 2018-19 Adopted
GENERAL FUND
 
$12,282,245
100%
$12,373,262
100%
$91,017
0.7%
Total
 
$12,282,245
100%
$12,373,262
100%
$91,017
0.7%
PUBLIC DEFENDER�S OFFICE

The Public Defender provides mandated legal representation in criminal and certain types of civil court proceedings for persons whom the local Court determines to be indigent. The Public Defender budget provides for a main contract with the firm of Biggam, Christensen and Minsloff, contracts with two conflict of interest firms, Page, Salisbury & Dudley and Wallraff & Associates, and funds for fourth party Criminal Defense Conflicts Program administered by the Office of County Counsel. This budget also includes funds for investigation costs, expert witnesses and other related defense services ordered by the Court or approved for the attorneys serving indigent clients, and funds for defense that are required in special circumstance or death penalty cases. In 2019-20, the County Administrative Office will complete an organizational review of the Public Defender�s Office to determine whether to continue contracting for services or create a new County department.

For additional information please see the full budget document.