§ 6-1525. Appointment of counsel in criminal cases; and application for fees by appointed counsel.

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§ 6-1525. Appointment of counsel in criminal cases; and application for fees by appointed counsel.

   (A) Every judicial district shall have a transparent process for appointment of counsel for indigent defendants as provided in Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 29-3901 to 29-3908.

   (B) The county court and district court judges of each judicial district shall maintain a local rule for the judicial district regarding appointment of counsel in criminal cases. Such local rule shall be made public and shall include, but not be limited to:

   (1) Provision for maintenance of a list of all licensed attorneys who may be expected to accept appointments in criminal cases in the judicial district, and information on obtaining such list from the court;

   (2) The judicial district's process for appointments under Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 29-3901 to 29-3908; and

   (3) Information as to how an attorney may be added to or, if permitted, removed from the court-appointed attorney list.

   (C) Such local rule shall be governed by § 6-1501.

   (D) Before the claim of any attorney appointed by the court is allowed in criminal matters, such attorney shall file with the clerk, and serve upon the county attorney, a written application for fees, certified to be true and correct, stating an itemization of the services provided (for interim applications, a general itemization), time expended, and expenses incurred in the case. Counsel shall also state in the application that counsel has not received and has no contract for the payment of any compensation by such defendant or anyone in the defendant’s behalf or, if counsel has received any fee or has a contract for the payment of same, shall disclose the same fully so that the proper credit may be taken on counsel’s application. If a hearing is required, the time and date of hearing shall be set by the court and notice given by court order or notice of hearing.

§ 6-1525 adopted February 12, 2014; § 6-1525 amended June 9, 2021, effective January 1, 2022; § 6-1525 amended November 17, 2021, effective January 1, 2022.