Protocols - Generally

Protocols have been established in the each location across the state that direct and instruct appointed attorneys on matters such as parking, where to wait for hearings, where to consult with defendants, security process etc.  Because each location is different, have different set-ups, might be in detention centers or done by video, the protocols can be different and can change based on local issues or needs by either the Administrative Commissioner or by detention center staff, if located inside a detention center controlled area.  However, the following minimum protocols apply to all locations (except designated counties, see “designated counties” below) and have been established by the Commissioner Headquarters.

  • All appointed attorneys must sign in with the on-duty Commissioner in person and must sign in the exact time he or she arrives.
  • All appointed attorneys must remain on the premises for the entire shift.
  • All appointed attorneys must sign out with the on-duty Commissioner in person and must sign out the exact time he or she arrives
  • All appointed attorney invoices must be turned into the on-duty Commissioner in person at the end of the shift, the Commissioner will sign and will provide a copy by request.
  • Appointed attorneys are compensated based on their scheduled shift time, not on their sign in and sign out time.  If a hearing extends through the end time of the shift, any additional compensation will be at the standard rate.
  • Applying to the program does not guarantee any selection to serve as an appointed attorney and any selection does not guarantee further or continued selection to serve as an appointed attorney.

Designated Counties

Some counties have special shifts due to historically low arrests.  This designation is reviewed periodically to ensure the needs of the county are being met so the designation can change.  If you are notified by the Appointed Attorney Coordinator that the county in which you are being schedule is a designated county, the protocols will be included in your confirmation email.