Indigent Defense Coordinator Cochise County Legal Defender P. O. Drawer AC Bisbee, Arizona 85603 (520) 432-8458 Fax: (520) 432-8461 MEMORANDUM To: From: Cc: Re: Date: All Court-Appointed Attorneys Michael Politi, Indigent Defense Coordinator Chris Roll, County Attorney Attorneys’ Fees Incurred after Dismissal January 8, 2004 Recently an issue arose regarding attorney time billed for activity which occurred after a case had been dismissed. A deputy county attorney had contacted the case attorney, as well as several other court-appointed attorneys, to discuss immediate future prosecution of the case. The attorney submitted a bill for his time incurred during these discussions which took place after the case had been dismissed. This attorney, however, was not reassigned for this subsequent activity. Although this specific situation was unusual, please be aware of the IDC policy regarding dismissed cases. IDC cannot pay for attorney time incurred after a case has been dismissed. Routine closing activities such as advising the client of the dismissal will of course be reimbursed. Once the case has been dismissed discussions with the County Attorney’s office regarding future prosecution of the defendant will not be reimbursed unless the attorney receives prior approval from IDC. Please contact IDC for prior approval should this situation arise or you believe additional work on the case is required after the case has been dismissed. If you have any questions, please call me. Thank you for your cooperation.