Governor Deval Patrick's Budget Recommendation - House 1 Fiscal Year 2010

Governor's Budget Recommendation FY 2010

Outside Section 24

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Require CPCS Private Counsel to Submit Bills Within 90 Days

SECTION 24.   Section 12 of chapter 211D of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out the fourth, fifth and sixth sentences and inserting in place thereof the following 2 sentences:- Bills shall be submitted to the committee within 90 days after the conclusion of a case; but if the case is pending at the end of the fiscal year, within 90 days after the end of the fiscal year. Bills submitted after that date shall not be processed for payment; but the chief counsel may authorize the payment of such bills either in whole or in part, upon a determination that the delay in submission was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond the control of the attorney.

This section requires private counsel providing representation to indigent defendants to submit bills within 90 days after a case ends or after the end of a fiscal year.

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