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Attorneys seek pay raise for indigent defense

Posted: 11:18 AM, Sep 29, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-29 16:18:20Z

Kansas officials say the state may have to start looking outside its borders to find attorneys who will take the cases of indigent defendants.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that not enough experienced, qualified people in some counties are willing to work for the state rate.

Kansas Board of Indigents' Defense Services executive director Patricia Scalia told a legislative committee Monday that the problem is especially severe in some of the state's smaller counties.

Kansas statutes authorize the board to pay up to $80 per hour for private attorneys who agree to take appointed cases.

But in 2010, budget problems led the board to cut the actual rate it pays to $62 per hour.

Now, the board is seeking to raise the rate by $3 to $65 per hour.

Information from The Lawrence Journal-World.

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