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All data is current as of 2013, unless otherwise noted.
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Read about a particular aspect of the right to counsel in Iowa by clicking on the heading for that issue. Or [Expand All] to see and print from one location all of the facts about the right to counsel in Iowa, then [Collapse All] whenever you need to do so.

How the right to counsel is administered and structured
State commission: none
Branch of government: executive

The Iowa Office of the State Public Defender is a statewide, state-funded executive branch agency that oversees representation services in all 99 counties for appeals, felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile delinquency and dependency cases.


How the right to counsel is funded
Percentage of state funding: 100%
Percentage of local funding: 0%
Percentage of alternate funding: 0%

The methods used to provide public counsel

The Iowa State Public Defender Office provides most direct services through 20 branch offices, with each office staffed by full-time attorneys and support staff. The agency also contracts with more than 1,000 private attorneys and several nonprofit organizations throughout Iowa to provide court-appointed representation in counties without public defender offices and in conflict matters.


Legal authority
Code of Iowa, §§ 13B.1 through 13B.12 (structure), and §§ 815.1 through 815.14  (attorney compensation and fees).

Source of data: original research conducted by Sixth Amendment Center staff.