(a) By separate order, the commission or a commissioner thereof, shall determine and
award reasonable attorney's fees, commensurate with services rendered and reimbursement
for reasonable and necessary expenses actually incurred shall be paid from the Crime
Victims Compensation Fund to the attorney representing a claimant in a proceeding
under this article at the same rates as set forth in section thirteen-a, article twenty-one,
chapter twenty-nine of this code. Attorney's fees and reimbursement may be denied upon a finding that the claim or
appeal is frivolous. Awards of attorney's fees and reimbursement shall be in addition to awards of compensation,
and attorney's fees and reimbursement may be awarded whether or not an award of compensation
is approved. An attorney shall not contract for or receive any larger sum than the amount allowed
under this section. In no event may a prosecuting attorney or assistant prosecuting attorney represent
any victim seeking compensation under this article.
(b) Each witness called by the commission to appear in a hearing on a claim for an
award of compensation shall receive compensation and expenses in an amount equal to
that received by witnesses in civil cases as provided in section sixteen, article
one, chapter fifty-nine of this code to be paid from the Crime Victims Compensation
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