1. The state public defender may establish or abolish local public defender offices. In determining whether to establish or abolish a local public defender office, the state public defender shall consider the following:
a. The number of cases or potential cases where a local public defender is or would be involved.
b. The population of the area served or to be served.
c. The willingness of the local private bar to participate in cases where a public defender is or would be involved.
d. Other factors which the state public defender deems to be important.
Before establishing or abolishing a local public defender office, the state public defender shall provide a written report detailing the reasons for the action to be taken to the justice systems appropriations subcommittee, the chairperson, vice chairperson, and ranking member of the senate committee on judiciary, and the chairperson, vice chairperson, and ranking member of the house of representatives committee on judiciary. The report shall contain a statement of the estimated fiscal impact of the action taken. Any action taken in establishing or abolishing a local public defender office shall only take effect upon the approval of the general assembly. If the state public defender proposes to abolish a local public defender office prior to the beginning of any regular session of the general assembly and the general assembly takes no action regarding that proposal during the first ninety days of the first regular session occurring after the proposal is made, the office shall be abolished.
2. The state public defender may appoint a local public defender and may remove the local public defender, assistant local public defenders, clerks, investigators, secretaries, or other employees for cause. Each local public defender, and any assistant local public defender, must be an attorney admitted to the practice of law before the Iowa supreme court.
3. The compensation of the local public defender and staff of the local public defender offices shall be fixed by the state public defender.
4. The state public defender shall provide suitable office space, furniture, equipment, and supplies for the office of local public defender out of funds appropriated to the department for this purpose.
88 Acts, ch 1161, §8; 91 Acts, ch 268, §412, 439; 95 Acts, ch 67, § 3; 99 Acts, ch 135, §7
Referred to in § 13B.8A
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