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File #: 23-0909    Version: Name: 6/20/23 Resolution to Approve a Professional Services Agreement with Washtenaw County ($210,621)
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 6/20/2023 In control: City Council
On agenda: 6/20/2023 Final action: 6/20/2023
Enactment date: 6/20/2023 Enactment #: R-23-205
Title: Resolution to Approve the Public Defender Services Contract with Washtenaw County ($210,621)
Attachments: 1. FILED - CT-PUBLIC DEFENDER-MIDC LOCAL SHARE (10-1-2022 - 9-30-2023).pdf
Resolution to Approve the Public Defender Services Contract with Washtenaw County ($210,621)
This resolution seeks Council approval of the Public Defender Services Contract with Washtenaw County in the amount of $210,621 to provide legal representation to indigent persons charged with misdemeanor offenses, who appear in the 15th Judicial District Court.

Budget/Fiscal Impact: The City's Local Share amount of $210,621 is budgeted in the 15th Judicial District Court's FY23 budget.

The City of Ann Arbor is required by law to provide attorneys to represent indigent defendants when potential sanctions, including sanctions for violations of court orders, upon conviction may include incarceration. The Washtenaw County Public Defender's Office has experience providing these services.

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) was created by legislation in 2013 (MCL ?780.991) and is charged with identifying and encouraging best practices for delivering the effective assistance of counsel to all indigent adults in this state consistent with the safeguards of the United States Constitution, the Constitution of Michigan of 1963, and the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission Act.

MIDC requires that all indigent defense delivery systems in Michigan must submit compliance plans and cost projections for all standards approved by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. In grant FY2021, the City joined with Washtenaw County and Ypsilanti Township under one compliance plan. The County is the grantee and is administering the plan on behalf of the partners.

The County, Ypsilanti Township and the City are each required to maintain their local indigent defense funding, an amount referred to as the "Local Share." The local share amount for the City of Ann Arbor for FY23 is $210,621. Washtenaw County will invoice the 15th District Court for the City's Local Share amount. The local share amount is per Grant Fiscal Year, without regard to City Fi...

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