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(1)?The office of state public defender is hereby created and established as an agency of the judicial department of state government. ?The general assembly hereby declares that the state public defender at all times shall serve his clients independently of any political considerations or private interests, provide legal services to indigent persons accused of crime that are commensurate with those available to nonindigents, and conduct the office in accordance with the Colorado rules of professional conduct and with the American bar association standards relating to the administration of criminal justice, the defense function.
(2)?The Colorado supreme court shall provide for the appointment, terms, and procedure for a five-member public defender commission, no more than three of whom shall be from the same political party. ?Three of the members of the commission shall be attorneys admitted to practice law in this state, and two shall be citizens of Colorado not admitted to practice law in this state. ?In making appointments to the commission, the supreme court shall consider place of residence, sex, race, and ethnic background. ?No member of the commission shall be at any time a judge, prosecutor, public defender, or employee of a law enforcement agency.
(3)?The public defender commission shall appoint and discharge, for cause, the state public defender, who shall be appointed to serve a term of five years and shall serve until his successor is appointed and qualified. ?He may be reappointed for one or more subsequent five-year terms. ?Vacancies in the office shall be filled by the public defender commission for the remainder of the unexpired term. ?The state public defender serving as such on July 1, 1979, shall continue to serve his current term.
(4)?Members of the public defender commission shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for actual and reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
(5)?Any expenses incurred for the commission shall be paid from the general operating budget of the office of the state public defender.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Colorado Revised Statutes Title 21. State Public Defender § 21-1-101. Public defender--policy--commission - last updated January 01, 2019 | https://codes.findlaw.com/co/title-21-state-public-defender/co-rev-st-sect-21-1-101.html
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