Indigent Criminal Defense Assigned Counsel and Other Experts Program
Assigned Counsel, Indigent Criminal Defense
Updated February 2009
This page provides information about Placer County’s Assigned Counsel Program. Occasionally, a case arises where Placer County’s contracted primary Public Defender and first and second level conflict firms must declare a legal conflict of interest, so they cannot defend persons financially unable to employ private counsel. The Assigned Counsel Program establishes a process which enables the Superior Court to access and appoint an attorney from a list of interested pre-qualified attorneys to provide defense services.
Attorneys who wish to participate in the Assigned Counsel Program are asked to submit a resume of experience with their area of specialty including their State Bar Number. Resumes and any pertinent documentation should be sent to Court Administration, P.O. Box 619072, Roseville, CA 95661-9072.
Applications will be reviewed monthly by the Presiding Judge and other members of the Bench and those accepted as an Assigned Counsel Program attorney will be notified by telephone. Attorneys will be appointed at one of the four class levels pursuant to the Superior Court of Placer County Local Rules (Rule 60.1).
For additional information regarding appointment to the Assigned Counsel Program, please contact Superior Court Administration at 916-408-6186.
Once appointed, the attorney must complete a Payee Data Record or submit a form W-9 to the Placer County Auditor-Controller, 2970 Richardson Drive, Auburn, CA 95603. Submitting either a Payee Data Record or a form W-9 is required only once to establish the attorney as a vendor doing business with Placer County.
To receive payment for services on a case-by-case basis through the Placer County Assigned Counsel Program, the attorney must complete a Payment Voucher. Complete instructions and procedures regarding payment are included in the document. The Court reviews and approves all attorney claims prior to submitting to Placer County, the responsible agency for payment of qualified Indigent Defense expenditures.
For more information regarding forms and payment, please contact the Assigned Counsel, Indigent Defense staff with the County Executive Office at 530-889-4030.
Attorneys who participate in the Assigned Counsel Program perform an important and necessary role in the legal system. Placer County officials, the Superior Court of Placer County, and its citizens appreciate their efforts.