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HB 67 — Public Defender Duties

by Rep. Fernandez-Barquin (SB 752 by Senator Gruters)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Judiciary Committee (JU)

The bill specifies that a court may not appoint a public defender when the defendant has already retained private counsel. However, the bill does not prohibit the appointment of a public defender in situations where a defendant is no longer represented by private counsel.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2021.

Vote: Senate 39-0; House 116-0