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22-4507. Compensation and reimbursement of expenses for services to indigents; procedures for payment; exemption from fees for electronic access to court records. (a) An attorney, other than a public defender or assistant public defender or contract counsel, who is appointed by the court to perform services for an indigent person, as provided by article 45 of chapter 22 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, and amendments thereto, shall at the conclusion of such service or any part thereof be entitled to compensation for such services and to be reimbursed for expenses reasonably incurred by such person in performing such services. Compensation for services shall be paid in accordance with standards and guidelines contained in rules and regulations adopted by the state board of indigents' defense services under this section.

(b) Claims for compensation and reimbursement shall be certified by the claimant and shall be presented to the court at sentencing. A supplemental claim may be filed at such later time as the court may in the interest of justice determine if good cause is shown why the claim was not presented at sentencing. In accordance with standards and guidelines adopted by the state board of indigents' defense services under this section, all such claims shall be reviewed and approved by one or more judges of the district court before whom the service was performed, or, in the case of proceedings in the court of appeals, by the chief judge of the court of appeals and in the case of proceedings in the supreme court, by the departmental justice for the department in which the appeal originated. Each claim shall be supported by a written statement, specifying in detail the time expended, the services rendered, the expenses incurred in connection with the case and any other compensation or reimbursement received. When properly certified and reviewed and approved, each claim for compensation and reimbursement shall be filed in the office of the state board of indigents' defense services. If the claims meet the standards established by the board, the board shall authorize payment of the claim.

(c) Such attorney shall be compensated at the rate of $80 per hour, except that:

(1) The chief judge of any judicial district may negotiate an hourly rate less than $80 per hour for attorneys who voluntarily accept appointments in that district; or

(2) contract counsel shall be compensated at the rate or rates specified in the contract between the board and the assigned counsel.

If the state board of indigents' defense services determines that the appropriations for indigents' defense services or the moneys allocated by the board for a county or judicial district will be insufficient in any fiscal year to pay in full claims filed and reasonably anticipated to be filed in such year under this section, the board may adopt a formula for prorating the payment of pending and anticipated claims under this section.

(d) The state board of indigents' defense services may make expenditures for payment of claims filed under this section from appropriations for the current fiscal year regardless of when the services were rendered.

(e) The state board of indigents' defense services shall adopt rules and regulations prescribing standards and guidelines governing the filing, processing and payment of claims under this section.

(f) An attorney, other than a public defender, assistant public defender or contract counsel, who is appointed by the court to perform services for an indigent person and who accesses electronic court records for an indigent person, as provided by this act, shall be exempt from paying fees to access electronic court records.

History: L. 1969, ch. 291, § 7; L. 1971, ch. 120, § 2; L. 1976, ch. 145, § 111; L. 1977, ch. 112, § 12; L. 1982, ch. 142, § 17; L. 1998, ch. 52, § 5; L. 2006, ch. 148, § 5; L. 2006, ch. 180, § 1; L. 2007, ch. 22, § 1; July 1.


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