Under Penal Code Section 987.2, the County is obligated to pay the costs associated with the representation of indigent defendants. Defendants are first referred to the Public Defender. When the representation of a defendant by the Public Defender results in a conflict of interest, or for any other reason the Public Defender cannot accept a case, the Alternate Public Defender (APD) performs a similar review. Should the APD be unable to represent an indigent defendant, then outside counsel must be appointed.
Indigent Defense Panel Attorneys
The documents in this section are relevant to attorneys who represent indigent criminal defendants and for those attorneys interested in applying for an indigent defense panel.
The qualifications document sets forth eligibility requirements to apply for a criminal indigent defense panel, such as:
general membership eligibility
suspension, reclassification, and removal
grounds for suspension, removal and other disciplinary action
attorney classifications (death penalty, felony, and misdemeanor attorney grades).
Completed, signed original forms should be mailed or delivered to the court executive officer.
Brian K. Taylor
Court Executive Officer
Hall of Justice
600 Union Ave Fairfield, CA 94533
Appointed counsel billing guidelines for the criminal division are created for the County of Solano, the Superior Court of Solano County and the private attorneys appointed by the Court to represent indigent criminal defendants, sets forth procedures for submitting billings. This packet of information includes the criminal Billing Guidelines, relevant forms and outlines how to submit your claims for payment.