NJ Public Defender Proposes Flat Fee Schedule

Law360, New York (April 21, 2014, 6:12 PM EDT) -- New Jersey's Office of the Public Defender on Monday proposed a new, flat-fee schedule for its services, a move it said will allow it to continue representing indigent clients.

According to a Monday announcement in the New Jersey Register, the office of New Jersey Public Defender Joseph E. Krakora is proposing the adoption of flat rates for its work, a change from the standard hourly rates it has charged since its inception in 1967. The OPD said the move will allow it to inform the roughly 125,000 clients it represents each year what representation will cost from the outset, and will...

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