.................... moves to amend H.F. No. 988 as follows:
Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert:
"Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 609.131, subdivision 1, is amended to
Subdivision 1. General rule.
Except as provided in subdivision 2, an alleged
misdemeanor violation must be treated as a petty misdemeanor if the prosecuting attorney
believes that it is in the interest of justice that the defendant not be imprisoned if convicted
and certifies that belief to the court at or before the time of arraignment or pretrial hearing,
and the court approves of the certification motion. Prior to the appointment of a public
1.10defender to represent a defendant charged with a misdemeanor, the court shall inquire of
1.11the prosecutor whether the prosecutor intends to certify the case as a petty misdemeanor.
The defendant's consent to the certification is not required. When an offense is certified
as a petty misdemeanor under this section, the
defendant's eligibility for court-appointed
1.14 counsel must be evaluated as though the offense were a misdemeanor defendant is not
1.15eligible for the appointment of a public defender
Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 611.16, is amended to read:
1.17611.16 REQUEST FOR APPOINTMENT OF PUBLIC DEFENDER.
Any person described in section
or any other person entitled by law to
1.19 representation by counsel,
may at any time request the court in which the matter is pending,
or the court in which the conviction occurred, to appoint a public defender to represent the
person. In a proceeding defined by
clause (2) of
, clause (2),
the appointment of a public defender may also be made to a judge of the Supreme Court.
Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 611.17, is amended to read:
2.1611.17 FINANCIAL INQUIRY; STATEMENTS; CO-PAYMENT;
2.2STANDARDS FOR DISTRICT PUBLIC DEFENSE ELIGIBILITY.
(a) Each judicial district must screen requests for representation by the district public
defender. A defendant is financially unable to obtain counsel if:
(1) the defendant
, or any dependent of the defendant who resides in the same
2.6 household as the defendant, receives means-tested governmental benefits; or is charged
2.7with a misdemeanor and has an annual household income not greater than 125 percent of
2.8the poverty guidelines updated periodically in the Federal Register by the United States
2.9Department of Health and Human Services under the authority of United States Code,
2.10title 42, section 9902(2);
2.11(2) the defendant is charged with a gross misdemeanor and has an annual household
2.12income not greater than 150 percent of the poverty guidelines updated periodically in the
2.13Federal Register by the United States Department of Health and Human Services under
2.14the authority of United States Code, title 42, section 9902(2);
2.15(3) the defendant is charged with a felony and has an annual household income not
2.16greater than 175 percent of the poverty guidelines updated periodically in the Federal
2.17Register by the United States Department of Health and Human Services under the
2.18authority of United States Code, title 42, section 9902(2); or
2.19 (2) (4) the court determines that
the defendant, through any combination of liquid
assets and current income, would be unable to pay the reasonable costs charged by private
counsel in that judicial district for a defense of the same matter.
(b) Upon a request for the appointment of counsel, the court shall make an
inquiry into the determination of
circumstances eligibility under
of the applicant, who shall submit a financial statement under oath or
affirmation setting forth the applicant's assets and liabilities, including the value of any
real property owned by the applicant, whether homestead or otherwise, less the amount of
any encumbrances on the real property, the source or sources of income, and any other
information required by the court. The applicant shall be under a continuing duty while
represented by a public defender to disclose any changes in the applicant's financial
that might be relevant to the applicant's eligibility for a public defender
The state public defender shall furnish appropriate forms for the financial statements,
2.32which must be used by the district courts throughout the state
. The forms must contain
conspicuous notice of the applicant's continuing duty to disclose to the court changes in
the applicant's financial circumstances. The forms must also contain conspicuous notice
of the applicant's obligation to make a co-payment for the services of the district public
defender, as specified under paragraph (c). The information contained in the statement
shall be confidential and for the exclusive use of the court and the public defender
appointed by the court to represent the applicant
except for any prosecution under
. A refusal to execute the financial statement or produce financial records
constitutes a waiver of the right to the appointment of a public defender. The court shall
not appoint a district public defender to a defendant who is financially able to retain
private counsel but refuses to do so.
An inquiry to determine financial eligibility of a defendant for the appointment of
the district public defender shall be made whenever possible prior to the court appearance
and by such persons as the court may direct. This inquiry may be combined with the
prerelease investigation provided for in Minnesota Rule of Criminal Procedure 6.02,
In no case shall the district public defender be required to perform this
3.12 inquiry or investigate the defendant's assets or eligibility. The court has the sole duty to
3.13 conduct a financial inquiry.
The inquiry must include the following:
(1) the liquidity of real estate assets, including the defendant's homestead;
(2) any assets that can be readily converted to cash or used to secure a debt;
(3) the determination of whether the transfer of an asset is voidable as a fraudulent
(4) the value of all property transfers occurring on or after the date of the alleged
offense. The burden is on the accused to show that the accused is financially unable
to afford counsel. Defendants who fail to provide information necessary to determine
eligibility shall be deemed ineligible. The court must not appoint the district public
defender as advisory counsel.
(c) Upon disposition of the case, an individual who has received public defender
services shall pay to the court a $75 co-payment for representation provided by a public
defender, unless the co-payment is, or has been, reduced in part or
waived by the court.
The co-payment must be credited to the general fund. If a term of probation is
imposed as a part of an offender's sentence, the co-payment required by this section must
not be made a condition of probation. The co-payment required by this section is a civil
obligation and must not be made a condition of a criminal sentence.
3.30(d) The court shall not appoint a public defender to a defendant who is financially
3.31able to retain counsel but refuses to do so, refuses to execute the financial statement or
3.32refuses to provide information necessary to determine financial eligibility under this
3.33section, or waives appointment of a public defender under section 611.19.
Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 611.18, is amended to read:
3.35611.18 APPOINTMENT OF PUBLIC DEFENDER.
If it appears to a court that a person requesting the appointment of counsel satisfies
the requirements of this chapter, the court shall order the
public defender to
represent the person
at all further stages of the proceeding through appeal, if any
. For a
person appealing from a conviction, or a person pursuing a postconviction proceeding
and who has not already had a direct appeal of the conviction, according to the standards
611.14, clause (2),
611.25, subdivision 1
, paragraph (a), clause (2), the
state chief appellate
public defender shall be appointed. For a person covered by section
, clause (1),
a (3), or (4), the chief
district public defender shall be appointed to
represent that person.
If (a) conflicting interests exist, (b) the district public defender for
4.10 any other reason is unable to act, or (c) the interests of justice require, the state public
4.11 defender may be ordered to represent a person. When the state public defender is directed
4.12 by a court to represent a defendant or other person, the state public defender may assign
4.13 the representation to any district public defender.
If at any stage of the proceedings
4.14 including an appeal,
the court finds that the defendant is financially unable to pay counsel
whom the defendant had retained, the court may appoint the
to represent the defendant, as provided in this section. Prior to any court appearance, a
public defender may represent a person accused of violating the law, who appears to be
financially unable to obtain counsel
, and shall continue to represent the person unless it
4.19 is subsequently determined that the person is financially able to obtain counsel
representation may be made available at the discretion of the public defender
, upon the
4.21 request of the person or someone on the person's behalf. Any law enforcement officer may
4.22 notify the public defender of the arrest of any such person
Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 611.20, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
Subd. 3. Reimbursement.
In each fiscal year, the commissioner of management
and budget shall deposit the payments in the special revenue fund and credit them to a
separate account with the Board of Public Defense. The amount credited to this account is
appropriated to the Board of Public Defense.
The balance of this account does not cancel but is available until expended.
Expenditures by the board from this account for each judicial district public defense office
must be based on the amount of the payments received by the state from the courts in
each judicial district.
A district public defender's office that receives money under this
4.32 subdivision shall use the money to supplement office overhead payments to part-time
4.33 attorneys providing public defense services in the district.
By January 15 of each year,
the Board of Public Defense shall report to the chairs and ranking minority members of
the senate and house of representatives divisions having jurisdiction over criminal justice
funding on the amount appropriated under this subdivision, the number of cases handled
by each district public defender's office, the number of cases in which reimbursements
were ordered, and
the average amount of reimbursement ordered
, and the average amount
5.4 of money received by part-time attorneys under this subdivision
5.5EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2011.
Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 611.20, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
Subd. 4. Employed defendants; ability to pay. (a)
A court shall order a defendant
who is employed when a public defender is appointed, or who becomes employed while
represented by a public defender, or who is or becomes able to make partial payments
to reimburse the state for the cost of the public defender. If reimbursement
is required under this subdivision, the court shall order the reimbursement when a
public defender is first appointed or as soon as possible after the court determines that
reimbursement is required. The court may accept partial reimbursement from the
defendant if the defendant's financial circumstances warrant a reduced reimbursement
The court may consider the guidelines in subdivision 6 in determining a
5.16 defendant's reimbursement schedule.
If a defendant does not agree to make payments,
the court may order the defendant's employer to withhold a percentage of the defendant's
income to be turned over to the court.
The percentage to be withheld may be determined
5.19 under subdivision 6 In determining the percentage to be withheld, the court shall consider
5.20the income and assets of the defendant based on the financial statement provided by the
5.21defendant when applying for the public defender under section 611.17
5.22(b) If a court determines under section 611.17 that a defendant is financially unable to
5.23pay the reasonable costs charged by private counsel due to the cost of a private retainer fee,
5.24the court shall evaluate the defendant's ability to make partial payments or reimbursement.
Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 611.27, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
County payment responsibility District public defender budget.
(a) A chief district public defender shall annually submit a comprehensive budget to
the state Board of Public Defense. The budget shall be in compliance with standards
and forms required by the board. The chief district public defender shall, at times and
in the form required by the board, submit reports to the board concerning its operations,
including the number of cases handled and funds expended for these services.
(b) Money appropriated to the state Board of Public Defense for the board's
administration, for the state public defender, for the judicial district public defenders,
and for the public defense corporations shall be expended as determined by the board.
In distributing funds to district public defenders, the board shall consider the geographic
distribution of public defenders, the equity of compensation among the judicial districts,
public defender case loads, and the results of the weighted case load study.
Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 611.27, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
Subd. 5. District public defender budgets and county payment responsibility.
The board of public defense
may only shall
those items and services
district public defender
budgets which were included in the original budgets of
6.8 district public defender offices as of January 1, 1990. All other public defense related
6.9 costs remain the responsibility of the counties unless the state specifically appropriates
6.10 for these. The cost of additional state funding of these items and services must be offset
6.11 by reductions in local aids in the same manner as the original state takeover. to satisfy
6.12its obligations under this chapter. Except as provided in section 611.26, subdivision 3a,
6.13counties shall not pay and no court shall order any county to pay for representation of
6.14individuals charged with a crime.
Sec. 9. REPEALER.
6.16Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 611.20, subdivision 6, is repealed.
Amend the title accordingly