Where counsel has been assigned to represent a defendant at trial on the ground that
the defendant is financially unable to retain counsel, the court may in its discretion
at the time of sentencing entertain an application to grant the defendant poor person
relief on appeal. As part of an application for such relief, assigned counsel must represent that
the defendant continues to be eligible for assignment of counsel and that granting
the application will expedite the appeal. If the court grants the application, it shall file a written order and shall provide
a copy of the order to the appropriate appellate court. The denial of an application shall not preclude the defendant from making a de novo
application for poor person relief to the appropriate appellate court.
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