Cuts to Legal Assistance for representation of indigent parents

posted Apr 3, 2012, 4:08 AM by Bill Duncan








224:73 Judicial Council; Supplemental Appropriation; Counsel for Indigent Parents in Abuse and Neglect Cases.

I. In addition to any other sums appropriated to the judicial council, the sum of $250,000 is hereby appropriated to the judicial council for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, for the purpose of covering costs associated with payment of counsel for indigent parents in abuse and neglect cases filed in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011 and pending in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012. Said appropriation shall not lapse until June 30, 2012. The governor is hereby authorized to draw a warrant for said sum out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

II. Beginning October 1, 2011 through October 1, 2012, the judicial council shall provide a quarterly report on the use and expenditure of the appropriation in paragraph I to the fiscal committee of the general court.

224:74 Adequate Representation Costs. Amend RSA 604-A:1-a to read as follows:

604-A:1-a Neglected or Abused Children. In cases involving a neglected or abused child, when a guardian ad litem is appointed for the child as provided in RSA 169-C:10, the cost of such appointment shall be paid from funds appropriated for indigent defense pursuant to this chapter. [In cases involving a neglected or abused child, when an attorney is appointed to represent a parent determined to be indigent pursuant to RSA 169-C:10, II, the cost of such appointment shall be paid from funds appropriated for indigent defense pursuant to this chapter.]

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