PROCEEDINGS IN CRIMINAL CASES
ADEQUATE REPRESENTATION FOR INDIGENT DEFENDANTS IN CRIMINAL CASES
604-A:2-b Contract Attorneys.
The state of New Hampshire, by the judicial council and with the approval of governor and council, may, within the limits of available appropriations, contract with any qualified attorney in the state to provide for the representation of indigents in circumstances where, pursuant to RSA 604-B, the public defender program is unavailable to provide such representation. No contract providing for the representation of children in proceedings arising under RSA 169-B shall be based on payment of a predetermined fee per case or other payment structure which creates a financial disincentive for attorneys to provide effective representation in such cases. The executive director of the judicial council shall authorize payments to contract attorneys provided for under this section.
Source. 1985, 342:2. 1987, 406:17. 1991, 46:1. 1997, 351:8, eff. July 1, 1997. 2021, 207:2, Pt. I, Sec. 4, eff. Jan. 1, 2022.